Stanford Medicine Graduation Ceremony 2023

We are excited to have our Stanford Medicine students participate in our in-person graduation events!

2023 Stanford Medicine Graduation Ceremony

2023 Stanford Medicine Graduation Ceremony

Friday, June 16

Biosciences PhD Graduation Reception

4:00 - 6:00 pm
Stanford Faculty Club

Graduating students from Biosciences PhD programs during the 2022-23 academic year are invited to join Sheri M. Krams, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, and the Stanford Medicine Alumni Association for a celebratory reception. Eligible graduates will receive an invitation via email by mid-May 2023; RSVP is required.

Saturday, June 17

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.

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).

The speaker for this year’s Baccalaureate is Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl.

Saturday, June 17

Stanford Medicine Graduation Brunch

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Dean's Lawn

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


Stanford Medicine Diploma Ceremony

1:00 - 3:00 pm
Li Ka Shing Center Alumni Green

Procession begins at 12:50 pm*
Ceremony begins at 1:00 pm

*Ceremony participants report to LKSC at 11:50 am. 

The Stanford Medicine Diploma Ceremony will be livestreamed.

Keynote Speaker

Carolyn Bertozzi, PhD

2022 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Baker Family Director of Sarafan ChEM-H, and the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Chemistry

Carolyn Bertozzi is the Baker Family Director of Sarafan Stanford ChEM-H and the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University. She is also an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Her research focuses on profiling changes in cell surface glycosylation associated with cancer, inflammation, and infection, and exploiting this information for development of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, most recently in the area of immuno-oncology. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Most recently she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Wolf Prize in Chemistry, Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics, and Welch Prize in Chemistry. She also was awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize, among many others.

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MD Student Speaker

Gaby Joseph

Gaby Joseph, (soon to be) MD, MBA, grew up in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington, and attended Princeton University where he was a member of the varsity soccer team. Following graduation, Gaby came here to sunny California where he became a part of Stanford University's inaugural class of Knight-Hennessy Scholars. He then spent 5 years as one of Stanford's unofficial ambassadors for helmet wearing while biking - striking fear into all of his friends with loud terrifying yells, and being known to chase down repeat offenders. For his troubles, he’ll be awarded his MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and golf, watching most all sports, and cooking.

MS Student Speaker

Honor Magon

Honor is an occupational and environmental medicine resident from Australia currently studying a Masters of Science in Clinical Informatics Management at Stanford University. She has 5 years of clinical experience from the outback to a transplant center, most recently working as a clinical informatics resident in the one of the largest health services in Brisbane, Australia. She's passionate about improving the lives of many through creative and efficient health interventions, and her interests are in the preventative health in the workplace, lifestyle medicine, psychological wellbeing at work, and health equity. In her spare time, you can find her tending to her houseplants, digging in at the Stanford Educational Farm, or looking for the best Hong Kong style breakfast in the Bay Area.

MSPA Student Speaker

Celine Hakimianpour

Celine Hakimianpour, PA-C, is a distinguished graduate of the Stanford School of Medicine MSPA Class of 2023. Fueled by her personal experiences as the bilingual daughter of Iranian immigrants who escaped the 1979 Iranian revolution, she possesses an unwavering determination to bridge cultural gaps in healthcare. With Summa Cum Laude honors and dual honor society membership, she graduated from the University of Southern California, majoring in health promotion and disease prevention. During her time at USC, she conducted research in Psycho-neuroendocrinology, focusing on emotional predictors of diurnal cortisol activities. It was at Stanford where Celine discovered her true passion for cardiac medicine and critical care. Beyond her professional pursuits, Celine's devotion to the Lakers, nurtured through her LA upbringing, and her exploration of Persian cuisine, reflect her deep connection to both her roots and the vibrant Bay Area.

PhD Student Speaker

Irene Li

Irene Li is a 2023 PhD graduate in the Cancer Biology program. She studied spatial heterogeneity of the lung tumor microenvironment through multiplexed microscopy and computational biology methods with Dr. Sylvia Plevritis. She completed her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University, where she researched the impact of free fatty acids on liver cancer metastasis with Dr. Christina Chan. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Stanford Graduate Fellow, and AACR Bardos Scholar.

Sunday, June 18

Stanford University Commencement

Stanford Medicine faculty and graduates are encouraged to attend Stanford's 132nd Commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 18, in Stanford Stadium. Tennis legend John McEnroe will be the 2023 Commencement speaker.

No tickets are required.

Gates open at 7:30 am
Procession begins at 9:30 am*
Ceremony begins at 10:00 am

*Ceremony participants report at 8:30 am. Please refer to the ceremony instruction links on the graduate and faculty pages for complete details.

Plan your weekend.

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.

Stanford School of Medicine Graduation

Graduating Student Information & Resources

Participation Information is available for the Stanford University Commencement Ceremony held in Stanford Stadium on Sunday, June 18.