May 12, 2006


CONTACT:
Kate Olderman
(215) 349-8369
kate.olderman@uphs.upenn.edu

 

Invitation to Cover: Penn’s School of Medicine Holds Its 240th Graduation Ceremony

WHO & WHAT: The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s 2006 graduating class.

As part of a memorable rite of passage, 152 PENN medical students will receive their medical degrees, and recite the Hippocratic Oath for the first time as new doctors.

During the Hooding Ceremony - a tradition where graduates are presented with a “hood” (an elongated scarf draped over the shoulders to signify their high achievements and level of education), three graduates will be “hooded” by their fathers - each of whom is a current faculty member in Penn’s School of Medicine:

  • Jesse Civan, to be “hooded” by his father, Dr. Mortimer M. Civan (Department of Physiology)
  • Lili Grunwald, to be “hooded” by her father, Dr. Juan Grunwald (Department of Ophthalmology)
  • Anton Orlin, to be “hooded” by his father, Dr. Stephen Orlin (Department of Ophthalmology)
WHEN: Monday, May 15, 2006
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The agenda includes:
8:00 p.m. Processional
8:05 p.m. Opening remarks by Dr. Arthur Rubenstein, Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System
8:15 p.m. Graduation address given by Dr. Jeffrey M. Leiden, MD, PhD, Former President and Chief Operating Officer, Pharmaceutical Products Group, Abbott Laboratories
8:45 p.m. Presentation of diplomas and “hoods”
8:50 p.m. Recitation of the Hippocratic Oath

10:00 p.m. Recessional

WHERE: Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
260 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Editor's Note: Members of the media are asked to contact Kate Olderman at (215) 349-8369 or kate.olderman@uphs.upenn.edu if they plan to attend.

 

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PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which is consistently ranked one of the nation's few "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.


This release is available online at http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/may06/gradITC.htm