Commencement 2020: Sunday, May 17

Penn State College of Medicine held its virtual commencement Sunday, May 17. View a replay of the ceremony here. View students honored at the Dean’s Awards Ceremony here.

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Ceremony Information

Penn State President Eric Barron, Keynote Speaker Dr. Valerie Williams and Interim Dean Dr. Kevin Black shared words of wisdom with the graduates, as did each class’s student speaker.

One copy of the printed program was mailed to every graduate. Additional copies are available to those who are interested. Please fill out this form for additional copies.

“While this is an unprecedented time for our graduates, and one you will remember for years to come, I hope you find value in having been a part of an extraordinary organization doing extraordinary work amid extraordinary circumstances. The efforts and experiences you put forth during your tenure at the College of Medicine will lay the foundation for what lies ahead. You stand Penn State proud, secure in the knowledge that you have given your all and will continue to do so into the future.”

Dr. Kevin Black

Graduate Student Oath

I have entered the serious pursuit of new knowledge as a member of the community of graduate students at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. I will strive to uphold the values of integrity, professionalism and scholarship.


I will uphold academic and scientific honesty.

I will conduct and apply research objectively, using my knowledge responsibly.

I will not allow financial gain, competition, or personal ambition to cloud my judgment in the conduct of ethical research, and the advancement of public health.


I will share knowledge and resources resulting from my research and experiences, within the limits of the law.

I will contribute to the public understanding of the scientific process and the impact of my results and interventions.

I will minimize the adverse effects of my scientific pursuits on society and the natural world.


I will build a strong foundation of knowledge.

I will recognize the limits of my knowledge, and will pursue life-long learning.

I will fulfill my responsibility to mentor and instruct the next generation of scientific professionals.

Oath of the Modern Hippocrates

By all that I hold highest, I promise my patients competence, integrity, candor, personal commitment to their best interest, compassion, and absolute discretion, and confidentiality within the law.

I shall do by my patients as I would be done by; shall obtain consultation whenever I or they desire; shall include them to the extent they wish in all important decisions; and shall minimize suffering whenever a cure cannot be obtained, understanding that a dignified death is an important goal in everyone’s life.

I shall try to establish a friendly relationship with my patients and shall accept each one in a nonjudgmental manner, appreciating the validity and worth of different value systems and according to each person a full measure of human dignity.

I shall charge only for my professional services and shall not profit financially in any other way as a result of the advice and care I render my patients.

I shall provide advice and encouragement for my patients in their efforts to sustain their own health.

I shall work with my profession to improve the quality of medical care and to improve the public health, but I shall not let any lesser public or professional consideration interfere with my primary commitment to provide the best and most appropriate care available to each of my patients.

To the extent that I live by these precepts, I shall be a worthy physician.

Physician Assistant Professional Oath

I pledge to perform the following duties with honesty and dedication:

  • I will hold as my primary responsibility the health, safety, welfare and dignity of all human beings.
  • I will uphold the tenets of patient autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence and justice.
  • I will recognize and promote the value of diversity.
  • I will treat equally all persons who seek my care.
  • I will hold in confidence the information shared in the course of practicing medicine.
  • I will assess my personal capabilities and limitations, striving always to improve my medical practice.
  • I will actively seek to expand my knowledge and skills, keeping abreast of advances in medicine.
  • I will work with other members of the health care team to provide compassionate and effective care of patients.
  • I will use my knowledge and experience to contribute to an improved community.
  • I will respect my professional relationship with the physician.
  • I will share and expand knowledge within the profession.

These duties are pledged with sincerity and upon my honor.

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