Graduates hear a prayer for wisdom and humility, and a reminder to heed not only science, but also the spirit.
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Sheltered under a tent to ward off a driving rain, 97 students received their medical degrees on Memorial Day and heard admonitions to retain their humanity, to find meaning in their lives and careers and to take comfort from lives of service.
Making their way through a sheltering gantlet of umbrellas, the Class of 2003 processed to the tent on Harkness Lawn where their families and friends waited. In his opening remarks, then-Dean David A. Kessler, M.D., told students to take pride in their accomplishment. “As you go beyond these walls,” he said, “you will increasingly recognize the degree to which you have been shaped by this place. Today you go forward to shape the future of American medicine. You are proof that this great experiment called the Yale System works and that you have been shaped by an incredible faculty.”