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THE CLASS OF 2016: UMHS graduates and executive faculty at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 10, 2016. Photo: Island Photography

UMHS held its 5th Annual UMHS Commencement Ceremony for the third year in a row at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City on Friday, June 10, 2016. The “next generation of physicians” was honored in an inspiring ceremony, with four candidates for Honors, 21 for High Honors and 22 for Highest Honors.

The ceremony included graduates for August 31, 2015; October 31, 2015; November 30, 2015; December 31, 2015; February 29, 2016; March 31, 2016; April 30, 2016 and June 1, 2016. Candidates for June 30, 2016 and September 30, 2016 were also listed in the official program.

The UMHS Endeavour looks at this celebratory day for UMHS graduates and their families.

UMHS PRESIDENT WARREN ROSS: Speaking to Class of 2016. Photo: Island Photography
UMHS PRESIDENT WARREN ROSS: Speaking to Class of 2016. Photo: Island Photography

The Processional “Pomp and Circumstance” was performed by The West Village Quartet.

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JERRY W. THORNTON, PhD: UMHS Vice President gives Welcome Address. Photo: Island Photography

UMHS Vice President Jerry W. Thornton, Ph.D gave the welcome address, followed by President Warren Ross. President Ross spoke about the legacy of UMHS founder, the late Dr. Robert Ross (1918-2011) and his commitment to medical education.


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KEYNOTE SPEAKER JOHN O’LEARY: Giving his inspirational keynote speech to graduates. Photo: Island Photography

The keynote speech was given by inspirational bestselling author/speaker John O’Leary. Mr. O’Leary told his incredible story of how, as a 9-year-old boy, he was burned on 98% of his body in an accident and given just a 1 % chance of survival. While enduring nearly five months in the hospital, years of therapy, countless surgeries for skin grafts and, eventually, losing all his fingers to amputation, John developed a great appreciation for doctors and the medical community. Mr. O’Leary, a columnist for Parade Magazine and author of the bestseller On Fire: 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life,spoke of the humanity and caring nature of one particular doctor who made a difference and helped save his life.

GRADUATE SPEAKER: Merrie Wiyana Oei, MD. Photo: Island Photography
GRADUATE SPEAKER: Merrie Wiyana Oei, MD. Photo: Island Photography


Merrie Wiyana Oei, M.D., the graduating UMHS student with the highest honors, was the featured graduate speaker. President Ross, Edwin Purcell, Ph.D, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair and Professor of Anatomy and Professor of Histology at UMHS, and David Herrick, Ph.D, Professor of Genetics and Immunology, did the conferral of degrees. Finally, Dr. George H. Shade, UMHS Clinical Dean, had graduates recite the Hippocratic Oath.


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EDWIN PURCELL, PhD: Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Professor of Anatomy and Professor of Histology speaks to graduates. Photo: Island Photography


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GEORGE H. SHADE JR., MD, FACOG, FACPE: Clinical Dean with scepter. Photo: Island Photography



Joseph Earl Conklin, Jr.

Jonathon Tyler Creary

Nishant Dagli

Brandon Reid Kirshner

Alyssa Eileen Mahon

Devan Narenda Makati

Banafsheh Motazedi

Merrie Wiyana Oei

Samuel Park III

Thushyanthan Pathmalingam

Allan J. Puderer

Thivisa Rajagopal

Alberto Antonio Rivera Torres

Sandy Saintelia

Luis Antonio Sanchez Iglesias

Carilyn Elizabeth Stark

Rafal Szymczuk

Vivian Laura E. Szymczuk

Danilo Vitente Tadeo, Jr.

Elena Voronejskaia



Miriam B. Bernstein

Rickey Yu Chiang Chen

S Justin Michael Eagleston

Roza Hamid Hassen

Aaron Christopher Hoo

Zaid Iqbal

Umair Usman Khan

Jared William Koen

Mark Kenneth Stanley Kwarciak

Ronald Edward May IV

James Aaron McLennan

James T Miller

Echezona Gerald Nsofor

Syed Muaz Rizvi

Kareem Sioufi

Sonal Talwar

John Trangucci

Toribiong A Uchel

Daniel Fils Verna

Lucinda M Wenzlick


Gaganjit Kaur Dillon

Sean P Ewing

Rachel J Kumar

Elizabeth Mattes Nielsen

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GRADUATES RECITING THE HIPPOCRATIC OATH: Doctors at last! Photo: Island Photography




About UMHS:

Built in the tradition of the best US universities, the University of Medicine and Health Sciences focuses on individual student attention, maintaining small class sizes and recruiting high-quality faculty. We call this unique approach, “personalized medical education,” and it’s what has led to our unprecedented 96% student retention rate, and outstanding residency placements across the US and Canada. UMHS is challenging everything you thought you knew about Caribbean medical schools.





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