Commencement ceremony 2018
UMHS CLASS OF 2018: Graduates with President Warrren Ross (center) & UMHS executive faculty & officials at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City on Friday, June 8, 2018. Photo: Island Photography

 

UMHS honored its graduates at the Seventh Annual Commencement Ceremony at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on Friday, June 8, 2018.  The “next generation of physicians” was celebrated and venerated with 10 candidates for Honors, 18 for High Honors and 19 for Highest Honors.

Graduates for June 30, 2017; July 31, 2017; October 31, 2017; November 30, 2017; December 31, 2017; January 31, 2018; February 28, 2018; March 31, 2018; April 30, 2018; and June 1, 2018 were listed in the official program.

The UMHS Endeavour looks at this special day for UMHS graduates, their friends and families.

As is now tradition, the West Village Quartet performed “Pomp and Circumstance.”

The Welcome Address was given by Jerry W. Thornton, Ph.D., followed by President Warren Ross, JD.

Geoffrey Tabin, MD was the keynote speaker. Dr. Tabin is cofounder of the Himalayan Cataract Project and Fairweather Foundation, and Professor of Ophthalmology and Global Medicine at Stanford University.  Dr. Tabin spoke about his work in Tibet, Nepal and the developing world to help eradicate blindness and implementing a model for sustainable ophthalmic care. In 2009, he was named an “unsung hero” by the Dalai Lama. Dr. Tabin talked about being the fourth person to climb the Seven Summits, the highest points in the world, and also about his work as a doctor in this part of the world.

Dr. Tabin, who specializes in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery, earned an MA in philosophy at Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, followed by an MD at Harvard Medical School. He spends a large amount of time working abroad throughout the Himalayas and Sub-Saharan Africa to help people with eye problems. Dr. Tabin’s speech encouraged graduates to achieve their personal and professional goals in medicine.

 

Valedictorian Dr. Obteene Azimi-Ghomi speaks to the Class of 2018. Photo: Island Photography
Valedictorian Dr. Obteene Azimi-Ghomi speaks to the Class of 2018. Photo: Island Photography

President Warren Ross and Prakash Mungli, MD, MBBS awarded the degrees to graduates. Dr. Mungli is Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Chairman of Molecular Sciences and Course Director and Professor of Biochemistry at UMHS.

Prakash Mungli, MD, MBBS speaks to graduates. Dr. Mungli is Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Chairman of Molecular Sciences & Course Director & Professor of Biochemistry at UMHS. Photo: Island Photography
Prakash Mungli, MD, MBBS awarded degrees to graduates. Dr. Mungli is Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Chairman of Molecular Sciences & Course Director & Professor of Biochemistry at UMHS. Photo: Island Photography

Obteene Azimi-Ghomi, MD, this year’s valedictorian, was the Graduate Honors Speaker. Dr. Azimi-Ghomi and George H. Shade, Jr., MD, FACOG, FACPE, along with the graduating class, all recited the Hippocratic Oath.

Congratulations to all UMHS Class of 2018 graduates. We salute the gifted young men and women who are continuing on to prestigious residencies after successfully completing their medical education at UMHS St. Kitts and matching at great hospitals.

 

Commencement ceremony 2018
President Warren Ross (far left) with UMHS VP of Enrollment Management Michelle Peres & popular UMHS professor Dr. Prakash Mungli at graduation on June 8, 2018 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City. Photo: Island Photography

 

CANDIDATES FOR HIGHEST HONORS

 

Obteene Azimi-Ghomi (click for blog interview)

Leanne Stephanie Brown

Kenneth Brian Brownell, Jr.

Melissa M. Burman

Roger Gerard Elliott

April Janine Frater (click for blog interview)

Ga-ram Han

Alicia Rocio Liendo

Pujyitha Mandiga

Elio Paul Monsour

Steven Nguyen

Aamir Patel

Alfredo Jose Rafucci Velazquez

Jazmine Alexandra Ramsey

Devyn Leila Rohlfs Rivera

Joshuam A. Ruiz Vega

Christine Anjarette Sipple

Michael V. Sorrenti

Jenna L. Ulrich (click for blog interview)

 

CANDIDATES FOR HIGH HONORS

Ruben Cabrera

Fernando Javier Del Valle Morales

Chirstian Hiraldo-Infante

Sara Khan

Han Lam

Ashar Mahmood

Andrew Geoff Mirocke

Kalina Yeh Nedeff

Vibruti Patel

Sonia Abirmai Sugumar

 


About UMHS:

Built in the tradition of the best U.S. universities, the University of Medicine and Health Sciences focuses on individualized student attention, small class sizes and recruiting high-quality faculty. For these reasons, UMHS is quickly becoming the school of choice among Caribbean medical schools.

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