The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai granted 258 degrees on May 9, 2014 during its 45th commencement ceremony held at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, served as commencement speaker and received an honorary degree. In addition, honorary degrees were also given to Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN; Nancy Haven Doe Hopkins, PhD, Amgen, Inc. and Professor of Biology emerita at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Louis J. Ignarro, PhD, Jerome J. Belzer, MD, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology, Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA School of Medicine.
Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs of the Mount Sinai Health System, challenged the graduates to lead rather than react in the face of health care’s changing landscape and urged them to preserve the synergy between medicine and the humanities.
Throughout their rigorous training at the Icahn School of Medicine, our graduates have published in the top field-specific journals as well as in the highly competitive general interest journals, provided key foundational discoveries for the development of “universal” influenza vaccines, been awarded prestigious fellowships, and launched educational and health outreach programs for communities throughout the city and internationally.
The class of 2014 joins a distinguished network of alumni known the world over for their integrity, discovery, altruism, academic excellence, and a commitment to social justice. Our graduates will continue their education prestigious institutions in the country including Harvard University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University, Columbia University, and Stanford University.
We anticipate nothing short of greatness from our graduates as they bring their rigorous training to the fields of science and medicine.
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2014!
2015 Commencement Remarks [PDF]