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Mayo Clinic and UMR students celebrate commencement

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – Students with the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science are celebrating today, as they graduated after years of hard work.

The Mayo Clinic boasts a medical school that is top 10 in the country with one of the nation’s most competitive selection processes.

The executive dean believes this year’s class can lead positive change in medicine and research in the future.

“The needs of our patients come first. We’re hopeful that we’ve installed that value system in the students we’re graduating,” said Mayo Clinic’s Fredric Meyer.

“I think we’ve been really blessed to be at this school where our mental health and wellness and cherished,” said graduate Amanda Porter. “Leaning on the support of classmates, colleagues and professors has been really instrumental in keeping myself sane during this process.”

“I completely echo that. I think we’re really lucky,” said graduate Gohar Manzar. “I would say the happiest medical students I encountered on the interview trail and that’s why I came here. I’ve experienced that and would love to do these past four years all over again.”

Forty-four medical students and 28 doctoral students received their diplomas.

Also celebrating today is the 7th graduating class from the University of Minnesota-Rochester.

More than 80 students received their bachelor’s degrees in health sciences.

The downtown campus enrolled 450 students this spring. The university is slowly growing since it was founded in 2006.


Alex Tejada

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