Celebrating the Class of 2023!

May 25, 2023

A group of College of Human Medicine graduates celebrating during commencement.On May 13, the Class of 2023 reunited at the MSU College of Human Medicine Commencement Ceremony after spending their third and fourth years of medical school in hospitals and clinics at the college’s statewide community campuses.

Dean Aron Sousa, MD, conferred degrees for 184 medical doctors at the Breslin Student Event Center. As graduates crossed the stage, many celebrated the moment with their children while others were hooded by their physician parents. The celebration included a keynote address from Mona Hanna-Attisha MD, MPH (CHM ’02), Associate Dean for Public Health and C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, two military promotions and a marriage proposal

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“Today is not your finish line, it is your beginning. And I am certain that you will turn today's momentum into tomorrow's legacy.” – Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH (CHM ’02)


This year’s graduating class brings the total alumni to nearly 6,055 Spartan MDs. It is one of the most diverse groups in the college’s history. The Class of 2023 infographic provides a snapshot into graduate demographics, residency data and participation in medically underserved programs.  

Before embarking on the next chapter of medicine, seven graduates reflected on their journeys in this Road to Residency series. Read their inspiring stories:

  • Antara Afrin brings her passion for serving underserved communities as she heads to residencies at Harvard and Yale.
  • Inspired by his mother’s commitment to medicine and community service, Thomas Barker will start an internal medicine residency.
  • Sejal Mehta draws on her childhood experiences as a patient to provide compassionate care to others.
  • After serving as a medical scribe, Kelvin Lim found his calling as a urologist.
  • Ellie Gschwendtner brings her artistic talent to her work as a plastic surgeon work.
  • Nick LeMire continues a longstanding family tradition of serving in rural areas.
  • Marielle He says medicine gave her a purpose and a way to give back as a Navy physician.

The college also celebrates six dual degree candidates, including one MD-PhD, three MD-MBA, two MD-MPH graduates, and 14 master of public health graduates.

photo collage of the MPH graduates.

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A full gallery of photos from the ceremony will be available soon.