About the Ceremony

For your compassion, your resilience, and your commitment to the profession and community — we could not be more proud of the Class of 2021!

School of Medicine Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 21, 2021 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. CT

Washington University will recognize graduates of all School of Medicine programs at an in-person ceremony at Francis Field on the Danforth Campus. The ceremony will be held outdoors with seating arranged to accommodate physical distancing. Everyone in attendance will be required to wear a face mask and register in advance. Please monitor the WashU Commencement website for updates.

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Keynote speakers

School of Medicine keynote speaker

Kimberly D. Manning, MD, is a general internist/hospitalist who serves as Associate Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Manning is Professor of Medicine and additionally serves as residency program director for the Transitional Year Residency Program at Emory. Beyond her roles in the Department of Medicine, she has been a society small group advisor at the Emory since their curriculum reform in 2007. Dr. Manning continues to hold this position and currently co-leads the Semmelweis Society—one of the four academic houses in the medical school.

Manning’s academic achievements include numerous institutional, regional and national teaching awards. She has a strong passion for building and strengthening diverse clinical learning environments as well as cultivating psychologically safe learning climates. In 2018, she was awarded the prestigious ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage To Teach Award—given to only 9 program directors across all ACGME residency programs in the US. At Emory, she has received the Evangeline Papageorge Award, The Golden Apple Teaching Award, and the Juha P. Kokko Teaching Award—the highest teaching awards in the School of Medicine, Grady Hospital, and Emory’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, respectively. She also on the board of trustees for the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

The Inglewood, California native is a proud alumnus of two historically Black colleges—Tuskegee University and Meharry Medical College—and is a happily married mother of two teen-aged sons. She applies her lived experiences as a Black woman, mother, daughter, wife, and community member to all that she does professionally.

Washington University keynote speaker
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Honorary degree recipients

Washington University in St. Louis will award six honorary degrees during the university’s Commencement ceremonies, May 20-21. Recipients will include Gerda Weissmann Klein, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and Holocaust survivor who has dedicated her life to fighting racism,  Stuart A. Kornfeld, MD, the David C. and Betty Farrell Professor of Medicine at Washington University’s School of Medicine, and Shannon Watts, founder Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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Celebrating our graduates

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