International American University recognized more than 40 students who earned Doctor of Medicine degrees during it’s commencement exercises on Saturday, May 21, 2016.
During the ceremony, graduates were hooded by Executive Dean and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Patrick J. Gannon, and then presented with diplomas by University President, Manmadhan Nair. The hoods presented to students represent a rite of passage, formally acknowledging student achievement and accomplishment. Graduates then recited the Hippocratic Oath, which serves as a reminder of their commitment to high standards of performance and behavior to aspire to as they begin their professional careers.
“We are extremely proud of our graduates,” said Dr. Manish Nair, CEO. “Commencement is the culmination of years of hard work and training. We are confident in their skills as they enter the working world; representing the type of caring physicians IAU develops.”
Senator Honorable Dr. Stephen King, MBBS, FRCPC, OBE, served as keynote speaker, recognizing graduates for their achievements and overcoming the pressures and challenges of med school. He urged graduates to keep working hard and not to give up.
“We are very happy to have Dr. King addressing our students,” said Dr. Nair. “He is a great partner to IAU and the University’s dedication to train future physicians to serve selflessly and humbly, while emphasizing strong medical ethics and appreciation of human worth and dignity.”
Graduates Anjana De Silva, M.D., Trevor Hitchings, M.D. and Iqra Mian, M.D, were recognized as Distinguished Graduates for earning high scores on Step 1 and Step 2.
The ceremony concluded with Rovin Saxena, M.D., addressing students as the newly appointed President of the IAU Alumni Association.