WSU College of Medicine held first commencement for med students

Wsu Med School Ceremony May 6 2021

SPOKANE, Wash. — It was a historic day for he WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane as it hosted its first ever Commencement Ceremony for the graduating inaugural class of medical students on Thursday.

The ceremony was held virtually as a drive-thru celebration for not only the medical students, but also students graduating with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in the College of Medicine’s Nutrition & Exercise Physiology and Speech & Hearing programs.

More than 100 students drove through the event, celebrating their hard work with family and friends, especially after a bleak year with the pandemic.

The virtual ceremony featured remarks from the medical school’s founding dean Dr. John Tomkowiak, WSU President Kirk Schulz, WSU Health Sciences Vice President and Chancellor Dr. Daryll DeWald, Mrs. Carmento Floyd, Gov. Jay Inslee, Regent Marty Dickinson, Rich Hadley and students. It also featured 2021 Commencement speaker Dr. Bechara Choucair.

The celebration was open to students, their families and media.