On a picture-perfect May 11, the University of Michigan Medical School Class of 2012 marched into Hill Auditorium as fourth-year medical students, and marched out as Michigan’s newest cadre of doctors of medicine.
After some fast resuscitation of the famed Hill organ, which suddenly fell silent during the prelude as members of the audience took their seats, the ceremony went on without a hitch, with Medical School Dean James O. Woolliscroft, M.D. (Residency 1980), presiding.
Following unique and heartfelt remarks by class speaker Jessica Guh on “The Consistency of Being Kind,” commencement speaker Eric B. Schoomaker (M.D. 1975, Residency 1979), Ph.D., addressed the gathering “On Healing and Healers,” focusing on the lessons in healing and leadership the U-M provided him for the course of his career. Schoomaker, now retired, served most recently as surgeon general of the U.S. Army and commander of the Army Medical Command.
Of this year’s graduates, 49 percent come from the state of Michigan; the balance represent 25 states. Sixty-one members of the class are U-M undergraduates, 27 received dual degrees, and 17 couples were either engaged or married during their medical studies.
Watch a video of the 2012 U-M Commencement ceremony