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NYU School of Medicine Celebrates 178th Annual Graduation Ceremony

The Class of 2019 Is the First to Graduate since the School Offered Full-Tuition Scholarships to Students in Its MD Program

NYU School of Medicine held its graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, at Alice Tully Hall, celebrating the accomplishments and success of 149 new physicians. The Class of 2019 is the first to graduate since NYU School of Medicine announced its tuition-free initiative in August 2018. Kenneth G. Langone, chair of the Board of Trustees of NYU Langone Health, gave the keynote address to those gathered. His remarks to the graduates focused on the importance of having empathy and compassion as a doctor. Thomas S. Murphy Jr., MBA, co-founder of Crestview Partners and trustee of NYU Langone Health, was recognized as the honorary alumnus. Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone, then addressed the class, reflecting on the privileges and challenges that come with being a doctor.

149 students received Doctor of Medicine degrees at NYU School of Medicine’s graduation ceremony.
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About the Class of 2019

The Class of 2019 is comprised of 149 students, all receiving Doctor of Medicine degrees. The class included 28 students graduating from the Three-Year MD Pathway.

The Three-Year MD Pathway was developed as a key initiative of NYU School of Medicine’s Curriculum for the 21st Century. This initiative allows medical students an accelerated pathway to medical education, providing early access to faculty mentors, opportunities to conduct research, and conditional acceptance into any 1 of our 20 residency programs.

Additionally, 36 students received dual degrees, including:

  • 14 dual Doctor of Medicine/Master of Science degrees
  • Six dual Doctor of Medicine/Master of Business Administration degrees
  • Eight Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD) degrees through the Medical Scientist Training Program
  • One Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Administration degree
  • Seven Doctor of Medicine/ Master of Science in Clinical Investigation degrees
  • Two degrees were conferred with honors, and 26 members of the class were inducted to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society

Cordelia Marcela Orillac addressed her peers during the ceremony.
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About Keynote Speaker Kenneth G. Langone

Ken Langone is the founder and chairman of Invemed Associates LLC, a New York Stock Exchange member firm specializing in healthcare. He received a BA from Bucknell University and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He remains active with his alma maters, currently serving on the Board of Overseers of the Stern School and the Board of Trustees of New York University, in addition to his role as chairman of the Board of Trustees of NYU Langone Health. In April 2008, that institution was named NYU Langone Medical Center, and later changed to NYU Langone Health, reflecting a major gift from Ken and his wife, Elaine.

He has been a member of the Bucknell University Board of Trustees, where he served as chairman of its nominating committee, its endowment, and as a member of its executive committee. He is a co-founder of the Home Depot and was lead director and a member of the executive committee of its board for three decades, since it was founded in 1978 until 2008. He also serves on the boards of Unifi, Inc., Micell Technologies, Relationship Sciences, and Juice Press.

In addition, he serves on the boards of NYU Winthrop Hospital; the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Ronald McDonald House New York; the Horatio Alger Association; the Harlem Children’s Zone and its charter schools, the Promise Academy; and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where he led the fundraising effort for its recent restoration and renovation.

Kenneth G. Langone delivered the keynote speech at NYU School of Medicine’s graduation ceremony.
Alan Barnett Photography

About Honorary Alumnus Thomas S. Murphy Jr., MBA

Thomas S. Murphy Jr., co-founded Crestview Partners, a mid-market private equity firm based in New York City, in 2004. Crestview manages a portfolio of approximately $10 billion. Prior to starting Crestview, he was a partner at Goldman Sachs. He sits on a wide variety of corporate and nonprofit boards. In addition to serving as a member of NYU Langone Health’s Board of Trustees since 2010, Tom is a trustee of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund. Tom received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, he co-founded the Mass Bay Brewing Company.

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