Celebrating over 200 doctoral and master’s degrees

Celebrating over 200 doctoral and master’s degrees

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SOM GSBS commencement 2019

Under a sun-filled sky on the Bunce Green, Rowan University celebrated Commencement Ceremonies for the newest generation of physicians and biomedical researchers. Temporarily trading in their stethoscopes and lab coats for tassels and academic robes, the 156 SOM and 61 GSBS graduates accepted well-earned congratulations for their milestone academic achievements. 

In his welcoming remarks, SOM Dean Dr. Thomas Cavalieri commended the graduates saying,"Your selfless approach to learning medicinae and science, and to giving back has been inspirational.And your contributions to the school, our communities and one another are remarkable and, in some cases, transformative."

Later in the ceremony, Dr. Cavalieri was joined by Rowan University President Dr. Ali A. Houshmand in presenting the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Dr. Jennifer Caudle, ’05, and the SOM Medal of Excellence to Dr. Ronald Ayres.

In presenting the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Dr. Cavalieri noted Dr. Caudle’s longstanding commitment to anti-bullying programs for schoolchildren and to mentoring current medical students. He also noted that she is one of the most visible physicians in America, citing her regular on-air health contributions to such media outlets as The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN and FOX News.

The Medal of Excellence is one of SOM’s most prestigious awards. In his presentation of the award, Dr. Cavalieri said, “Dr. Ronald Ayres has had an illustrious career in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology and his experience and accomplishments are inseparable from the distinguished history of our school."

The presentation of several student and faculty awards and the official conferral of master’s and doctoral degrees was followed by a special ceremony acknowledging two graduating physicians.

Colonel Lisa Hou, a 1996 SOM graduate who serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Veterans Affairs for New Jersey’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, joined Mary Ileso and Karl Swanson on the stage where she administered the oath of office in recognition of their promotion to officers of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Reserves, respectively.

Dr. John Bertagnolli, the Immediate Past President of the SOM Alumni Associations encouraged the graduates, as they stepped across the threshold of their dreams, to stay involved with the generations who will follow in their footsteps.

“Your involvement will also enrich your life,” he said. “Help those future physicians and researchers to go confidently in the direction of their dreams to make this world a better, healthier place.”