On Friday, September 11, 2015, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) held its 31st Fall Convocation, White Coat & Pinning Ceremony in the Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care auditorium and simulcast it via video feed. The event featured a moment of silence in recognition of the 9/11 victims and families, the donors and awards presentations, announcements of scholarships and academic award winners, and the white coat and pinning ceremony, during which time students recited the Oath of Service and Responsibility, A Scientist’s Pledge, and the International Declaration of Health Rights.
Highlights of the ceremony were the announcement of the 2015 entering class (which at 159 students was MSM’s largest-ever), Dr. Renard Murray winning the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Health Equity Award, Dr. George Rust giving a truly memorable and inspiring convocation address, and Billye and Henry “Hank” Aaron giving an exceptionally generous and forward-thinking gift of $3 million, which will be used to expand MSM’s Hugh Gloster Medical Education building and create the Billye Suber Aaron Student Pavilion.
Watch video of Dr. Rust’s Keynote Speech in its entirety:
Degree breakdown of the 159 new students:
– 84 Doctor of Medicine
– 10 Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences
– 6 Master of Science in Biomedical Research
– 9 Master of Science in Clinical Research
– 20 Master of Science in Medical Sciences
– 28 Master of Public Health
– 2 Dual degree Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Neuroscience