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Weill Cornell Medicine Celebrates with Virtual Commencement

New York City
grid of graduates wearing regalia on a computer screen.

Like more than half of Weill Cornell Medicine’s Class of 2020, Dr. Kevin Ackerman chose to graduate early to be of service to New York City’s health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic. After the quick transition to working in the field in April, he relished the opportunity Commencement afforded him to mark the end of his medical education and reflect on why he chose medicine as his career. “One of the core reasons I decided to go into medicine was a desire to help people and be of service to others, and I think that is a core value of people who choose to go into this field,” said Ackerman, who will be doing his residency in combined internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “For me, that aspect of medicine, of helping people in need, has only been magnified during this pandemic.”

He celebrated with his family in Hyde Park, New York, watching as the faces of his fellow graduates flashed across the screen and listening to remarks from medical college and university leadership, as well as student leaders, during Weill Cornell Medicine’s digital commencement ceremony May 28. Ackerman was among 390 graduates—109 fellow medical doctors, 68 PhDs, 39 physician assistants, and 174 with Master of Science degrees—in the Class of 2020. 

Read the full story by Kathryn Inman, Cornell Chronicle.