Stanford Medicine Graduation Ceremony 2024

We celebrated our graduates at Maples Pavilion on June 15th. Watch the ceremony videos posted below.

Saturday, June 15

Stanford Baccalaureate

10:00 - 11:00 am
Frost Amphitheater

Baccalaureate at Stanford is a multifaith celebratory gathering for graduating seniors, graduate students, and professional students, as well as their families and friends. Tickets are not required.

This student-led commemoration acknowledges the spiritual contribution to the education of the whole person, organized under the auspices of the Office for Religious Life (ORL). In addition to lively music from culturally diverse backgrounds, the program includes readings from different communities and perspectives. Collectively, the program represents the wide range of religious traditions represented within the ORL by over 30 organizations of Stanford Associated Religions (SAR).

Saturday, June 15

School of Medicine Graduation Brunch Reception

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Chuck Taylor Grove | 616 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Graduating Stanford Medicine students and their guests are invited to join us for a pre-ceremony brunch reception. Graduates may bring up to nine additional guests to the brunch.

Closest Parking: Stanford Track House and Sunken Diamond
Additional Parking; Maples Lot or GSB parking garage


School of Medicine Graduation Ceremony

1:00 - 3:00 pm
Maples Pavilion | 655 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305

Graduates should report to Maples Pavilion East Entrance at 12:00 pm
Procession begins at 12:50 pm
Ceremony begins at 1:00 pm

Stanford Medicine Graduation Interactive Events Map

Keynote Speaker

Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP

Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor

Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP, is Professor and Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine. He is also an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestselling novels “Cutting for Stone” and “The Covenant of Water.”  A passionate advocate of the medical humanities and an ardent supporter of bedside medicine, Verghese is founder and director of the PRESENCE center at Stanford and leader of the school’s Beside Medicine Program, which includes Stanford 25, an innovative program focused on teaching advanced physical exam skills. For his contributions to the arts, Verghese received the Heinz Award in 2014; and in 2015, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal, presented by President Barack Obama. Verghese is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his outstanding work and exceptional promise.

MD Student Speaker

Gabriela (Gaby) D.M. Ruiz Colón

Gabriela “Gaby” Ruiz Colón was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She earned her undergraduate degree in Organismic & Evolutionary Biology and Mathematical Sciences from Harvard College in 2016 and subsequently worked as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group from 2016-2019. She joined the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2019. As a medical student, she served as one of the managers of the Cardinal Free Clinics, served on the Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy for five years, conducted clinical research in neurosurgery and quality improvement, and taught first and second year medical students as a teaching assistant. After graduation, she will begin residency training in Neurosurgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

MS Student Speaker

Kevan Shah

Kevan Shah is graduating with a master’s degree in Community Health and Prevention Research at Stanford University School of Medicine. Kevan aspires to serve as a physician-leader and is an incoming medical student. He is the founder and executive director of End Overdose Together, a nonprofit that recruits, trains, and mobilizes students to lead workshops on overdose recognition, prevention, and Narcan administration. He graduated from Muhlenberg College with a bachelor’s degree in public health and from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) with a master’s degree in global affairs. He has been recognized as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, Schwarzman Scholar, and Newman Civic Fellow.

MSPA Student Speaker

Rachel Ryan

Rachel Ryan, PA-C, is a newly minted PA and proud Midwesterner, hailing from the state of Iowa. As a previous Honors Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa and lifelong lover of the humanities, Rachel pursued research, teaching, and programming within the medical humanities while at Stanford Medicine. Most recently, she served as the lead investigator on a project she co-designed to study the effect of writing workshops on healthcare provider wellness. Rachel has accepted a position in Neurocritical Care at Stanford Hospital and is looking forward to a career in which she can intertwine her dual passion for the humanities and high acuity medicine to positively impact both patients and providers. And yes, she wants you to know that Iowa does, in fact, have the best sweet corn.

PhD Student Speaker

Shalmali Bane

Shalmali Bane (she/her) will be graduating with a doctoral degree from the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health. Her area of focus is reproductive and perinatal epidemiology. Her dissertation examines how socially determined factors like race and class status impact the risk of cesarean birth, and how experiencing a cesarean birth can contribute to adverse maternal outcomes in future pregnancies. During her graduate career, she also served on her department’s JEDI committee, as an SBSA department representative, and as a fellow in the Research, Action, and Impact through Strategic Engagement (RAISE) program. 

MS Students

Students graduating with an MS in the following fields:

  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Clinical Informatics Management
  • Community Health & Prevention Research (CHPR)
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Human Genetics & Genetics Counseling
  • Laboratory Animal Science
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Translational Research and Applied Medicine

PhD Students

Students graduating with a PhD in the following fields:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Biophysics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Chemical and Systems Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Epidemiology and Clinical Research
  • Genetics
  • Health Policy
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Molecular and Cellular Physiology
  • Neurosciences
  • Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine
  • Structural Biology

MD Students

Students graduating with an MD.