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May 14 is the MD Class of 2017’s Convocation Ceremony at the Hawaii Theatre

Date: April 20th, 2017 in JABSOM News, Student Life    Print or PDF

Pictured: Festivities after the MD 2016 Convocation Ceremony

May 14, 2017 is both Mother’s Day and a time to celebrate the new degrees awarded to the MD Class of 2017 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa) John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). The convocation ceremony is all about letting the new MDs celebrate with their families. It is characterized by meaningful tributes by the new MDs to those who inspired and sustained them during their long educational journey. The graduating MDs publicly present that “special person” in their lives a maile lei on stage. Convocation also includes numerous awards which provide financial gifts to graduating students who have shown special excellence during their training.

Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, MD

The MD 2017 Convocation Ceremony keynote address will be delivered by U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, MD, Director of the Defense Health Agency. The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is a joint, integrated Combat Support Agency that enables the Army, Navy, and Air Force medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force to Combatant Commands in both peacetime and wartime.


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