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UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk

Every year since the early days of our nearly 50-year history, the coming of spring brings warmer weather, blossoming trees throughout campus and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Hooding ceremony. This year, our medical school graduation and awarding of doctoral hoods to the class of 2018 takes place on Friday, May 18.

While Match Day brought the power of the force to students and guests in an out-of-this-world Star-Wars themed celebration, the Hooding ceremony takes a more traditional approach to celebrating the professional and educational accomplishments of our outstanding graduates. UNR Med's hooding ceremony is an extraordinary event—serious, professional and elegant as befits the gravity of conferring the Doctor of Medicine degree.

We are excited to return to the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts for this year's ceremony. Each graduating medical student will be donned with a doctoral hood by someone of importance to that student—a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, sibling, influential teacher, or mentor—who is often also a physician. It is even more special when the person bestowing the hood is also a UNR Med alumnus, demonstrating our deep roots in the community.

The ceremony concludes with the entire graduating class and all physicians in attendance reciting the Physician's Oath, signifying a lifelong commitment to the medical profession and community service.

Dr. Kim Eagle, a distinguished academic cardiologist at the University of Michigan who completed his first two years of medical education at UNR Med in 1977, will deliver the keynote address. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Eagle back and anticipate his words of wisdom and advice to our graduates with great excitement.

Every Hooding ceremony is festive and unique, but this year's ceremony promises to be particularly special as we kick-off UNR Med's year-long 50th anniversary celebration. Holding this year's hooding ceremony at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts really is a return to our roots; this is the same venue where our first class of four-year graduates received their doctoral hoods back in 1980!

Finally, it is impossible to capture all the commencement excitement and celebration into a single day. Other events are planned throughout the week to celebrate the class of 2018, as well as other award-winning learners and faculty members.

Thursday, May 17
Artist in Residence | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Renown Regional Medical Center, Tahoe Tower Lobby, Ground Floor
Fourth-year medical students Riki Aquino and Krystal Turgiss have been hard at work developing outstanding works of art to present at the Artist in Residence Show and Reception. Since 2009, through a partnership with the Renown Foundation, students have had the opportunity to use the arts to develop and nurture skills of observation, communication, analysis, empathy and self-reflection-essential skills for medical care. Join us to celebrate these talented individuals and learn how they plan to take this experience into future training and practice.

Dean's Dinner | 5:30 p.m. | Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Paradise Ballrooms B-E
A long-standing tradition that allows for many relaxed and warm conversations with medical students, faculty mentors and family members, the Dean's Dinner is the students' opportunity to recognize outstanding teaching from both the school and community faculty. It is our last opportunity to celebrate their success and wish them well in a personal way.

Friday, May 18
University of Nevada, Reno Spring 2018 Commencement | 8:00 a.m. | University Quadrangle
We will celebrate our graduating students, both undergraduate and graduate, from the Sanford Center for Aging, Speech Pathology and Audiology and the School of Social Work during the Friday morning University of Nevada, Reno commencement ceremony, as well as doctoral graduates from microbiology and immunology, pharmacology, and physiology and cell biology who will have their own hooding experience with their mentors.

School of Medicine Academic Hooding Ceremony | 1:00 p.m. | Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts


Media Contacts

Julie Ardito, APR
Senior Director, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 784-6006

Tessa Bowen
Communications Manager, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 682-9254

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision that has served Nevada for 50 years. The state's first public medical school, UNR Med fosters a healthy Nevada through excellence in medical education, medical care, research and community engagement, within a culture of respect, compassion and inclusion. Through targeted growth and investment in research, clinical services, education and outreach, UNR Med is improving the future of health care. For more information, visit our 50th anniversary website.