2023 Carver College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony Guide

Date: Friday, May 5, 2023

Graduates of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and their families and friends are invited to attend the college’s spring 2023 commencement ceremonies. 

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Friday, May 12: Doctor of Medicine and Master of Medical Education Commencement Ceremony 

6:30 p.m. | Hancher Auditorium
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UI President Barbara Wilson and J. Brooks Jackson, vice president for medical affairs and the Tyrone D. Artz Dean of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, will deliver welcome messages to students. Christopher S. Cooper, senior associate dean for medical education, will give introductory remarks. Erin Sullivan, of Dubuque, Iowa, will be the student speaker, and Cate Dicharry, Writing and Humanities Program director, will provide the commencement address. Jane L. Miller, professor and director of the Master in Medical Education Program, will present the graduates of the Master in Medical Education Program. Graduate Nathen Spitz, of Osage, Iowa, and 2023 recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, will administer the Hippocratic Oath. Jessica Zuzga-Reed, president of the Iowa Medical Society; David Asprey, associate dean for medical education and professional programs; Amal Shibli-Rahhal, associate dean for student affairs; and James Choi, assistant dean for student affairs, also will participate in the commencement ceremony.

Friday, May 12: Graduate College Doctoral Commencement Ceremony 

11 a.m. | Carver-Hawkeye Arena
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President Barbara Wilson and Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean Amanda Haertling Thein will deliver messages to students. The alumni speaker will be Jen Wittman (DNP ’19). Graduate Carly Armour, from Elberton, Georgia, will give the student address. 

Saturday, May 13: Associated Medical Sciences Commencement Ceremony

2 p.m. | Hancher Auditorium
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Associate Provost and Dean Amanda Haertling Thein and Associate Dean David Asprey will deliver welcome messages to the students. The keynote speaker will be Colin Derdeyn, the Krabbenhoft Chair and department executive officer of radiology, director of the Iowa Institute of Biomedical Imaging, and professor of radiology and neurology. Nora Bensellam, of Ames, Iowa, Master of Clinical Anatomy graduate, and Elise Juhl, of Irwin, Iowa, Bachelor of Sciences in Radiation Sciences graduate, will be the student speakers. Anthony Knight, clinical associate professor of radiology and director of nuclear medicine technology education, will deliver the charge to the graduates. Associate Provost and Dean Thein will confer degrees.

This ceremony will recognize students graduating with associated medical sciences degrees from the Carver College of Medicine: 

  • Master of Clinical Anatomy 
  • Master of Clinical Nutrition 
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences 
  • Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology 
  • Bachelor of Science in Radiation Sciences 


Meet the Class of 2023

Students of the Class of 2023 reflect on their time at the Carver College of Medicine and what's next.


The Class of 2023 by the numbers 

Doctor of Medicine (MD): 151 graduates, including 11 graduates in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) 

  • 78 males, 72 females 
  • 30% will train in Iowa (see match summary
  • 9 (6%) first-generation graduates 
  • 13 (9%) graduating with dual degrees (includes MSTP) 
  • 88 (58%) completed a distinction track 

Masters in Medical Education (MME): 5 graduates 

Master of Clinical Anatomy: 2 graduates (4 graduates in the fall semester)

Master of Clinical Nutrition: 11 graduates 

Medical Laboratory Sciences Bachelor of Science: 1 graduate

Nuclear Medicine Technology Bachelor of Science: 5 graduates 

Radiation Sciences Bachelor of Science: 36 graduates

Graduate College Doctoral Programs:

  • Biomedical Sciences PhD: 11 graduates
  • Genetics: 1
  • Immunology: 3
  • Neuroscience : 2
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: 1