The University of Iowa

Carver College of Medicine Virtual Commencement Ceremony - Doctor of Medicine and Masters in Medical Education Degree Candidates

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 6:30pm
Doctor of Medicine and Masters in Medical Education Graduates Posing
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 6:30pm

Doctor of Medicine and Masters in Medical Education Degree Candidates. President Bruce Harreld and J. Brooks Jackson, vice president for medical affairs and the Tyrone D. Artz Dean of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, will deliver welcome messages to students, along with Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Kregel and Sherry A. Bates of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Christopher S. Cooper, senior associate dean for medical education, will provide introductory remarks. Sophia Williams-Perez will be the student speaker. Jane L. Miller, professor and director of the Master in Medical Education Program, will present the graduates of the Master in Medical Education Program. Justin Sipla, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology and associate professor of neurology, will provide the commencement address. Graduate Joyce Wahba, 2021 recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, will administer the Hippocratic Oath.

Spring 2021 commencement will be virtual, the ceremony will be livestreamed at the scheduled time. Degrees will be conferred and graduates who RSVP'd Yes will be individually recognized during the virtual commencements.

Annette Griffin

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Meet the Student Speaker

Dr. Sophia Williams-Perez Recognition Slide

Dr. Sophia Williams-Perez

Doctor of Medicine 

Class of 2021

“I am both humbled and honored to be presented with the opportunity to speak at the Carver College of Medicine MD Commencement for our Class of 2021. While this past year has perhaps felt like four years pressed into one, I reflect upon our time at CCOM and wonder how four years could have passed so quickly. It has been not only a privilege to serve as Student Body President while at CCOM, but moreover to be surrounded by classmates and friends who are unrivaled in their compassion, spirit, resilience, and innovation.

I am inspired by my peers each and every day and know the future of medicine simply could not be brighter. May any family, friends, mentors, and faculty and staff reading or listening to our commencement celebrations know that our successes would be all but impossible without your unending encouragement. On behalf of the MD Class of 2021, I thank you for providing us with support so that we may achieve and grow."

Read more about Sophia on Merit Pages