Xavier University holds 11th Graduation Ceremony

Xavier University holds 11th Graduation Ceremony

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QUEENS, NY(TIP): On Saturday, June 16th,
 2018, Xavier University School of Medicine held its eleventh Graduation
 Ceremony. This year’s festivities took place at St. John’s University 
in Queens, New York.

52 graduates took the stage to receive 
their coveted hoods and well-earned diplomas. These students have spent 
tireless hours in their studies, and it was wonderful to see them 
finally graduate. Graduates Christophe Jerjian, Salutatorian, and Roopak
 Sekhon, Valedictorian, had the honor of addressing their fellow 
graduates during the ceremony. Christophe spoke about responsibility, 
and its new definition now that they are MDs. Roopak talked about trust 
and respect, and emphasized the importance of respect for colleagues in 
the medical field, including those who do not have an MD after their 
names. These two students were honored with plaques to commemorate their


Xavier had the pleasure of welcoming 
back an alumnus to address the graduates: Dr. A. Aboud. Dr. Aboud is 
currently at Michigan State University Hospital in a Family Medicine 
residency. Dr. Aboud gave the students advice about their futures, and 
how to be successful during residency. Some of his tips included goal 
setting, the importance of organization, and how to acknowledge one’s 
strengths and weaknesses and learn from mistakes. Xavier encourages 
alumni to continue their involvement with the University, and it was 
wonderful to welcome back Dr. Aboud for this special event.


Aside from students, Xavier was honored 
to have many dignitaries present for the event, including Chairman Edwin
 Casey, Chancellor Dr. J.G. Bhat, President Ravishankar Bhooplapur, 
Trustee Dr. Obi Nwasokwa, Trustee Dr. Anthony Shallash, Trustee Mr. 
Frank Croes, Trustee Dr. Ravindra Kota, Advisor Dr. Dayan Naik, Chief 
Academic Officer Dr. Arun Dubey, Associate Provost Dr. Burton Herz, 
Clinical Deans Dr. Joseph Balsamo and Dr. Ahmad Abazid, Vice President 
of Academic Affairs Dr. Richard Pestell, Clinical Chairs, Dr. Paul Liu, 
Dr. Parvez Mir, and Dr. Sanjivan Patel, Vice Chair of Internal Medicine 
Dr. Ramesh Naik, and Professor Neelam Dwivedi. Xavier also had the 
privilege of welcoming Dr. Harry Jacobson as the Keynote Speaker.

Dr. Jacobson earned his MD from the 
University of Illinois, and went on to complete a residency at Johns 
Hopkins University Hospital. He now serves as the Managing Partner and 
Co-Founder of TriStar Health Partners. In his address to the graduates, 
he touched on a number of topics, including health care in America, and 
the opportunities that are now available to students with their MDs. It 
is not just that they are doctors, they can now conduct research, enter 
into academics, and become entrepreneurs. Xavier thanks Dr. Jacobson for

Members of the Board of Trustees also 
spoke to the students and gave their advice for the future. Chancellor 
Dr. J.G. Bhat talked about the changing medical field, and how students 
now need to study societal concerns in medicine, whereas in the past it 
was purely about diagnosis. Chairman Mr. Edwin Casey defined success and
 love, and stated the importance of sharing success with others. 
Finally, President Ravishankar Bhooplapur talked about the growing 
technology available to these new graduates, but how they must always 
remember to be empathetic towards their patients. Technology may change 
over time, but empathy and connecting with patients never will.

Graduates with dignitaries

Graduation is always a wonderful 
opportunity to recognize students and their successes, and congratulate 
them and their loved ones for all of their hard work. Xavier cannot wait
 to see where these students go in the future and have them among our 
prestigious alumni.


Xavier University School of Medicine 2018 Graduates:

Abdulmuttableb Al Soufi
Amar Gokli
Andrea Hernandez *
Angitha Alex
Biju Kallumkal
Chidelu Onyeani-Nwosu *
Christophe Jerjian *
Dale Adebayo
David Martinez
Fahad Nagaria
Farah Khan
Harija Khan
Hashem Rifai
Jenna Rabadi-Innabi
Jessica Kainth
Karisma Kothari
Kaycee Umeoji *
Majd Jazaerly
Manpreet Kaur
Marcus Jennings
Maria Belaev
Michael Arroyo
Mohammed Hnoosh
Mohsin Altaf
Nabeel Borazan
Nabil Ahmed
Naval Walia *
Nejma Louahlia
Neveen Al-Atiyat
Parshotam Kundan
Pooja Bathija
Pooja Solanki
Pratick Patel
Rafay Cheema
Rami Sakaan
Robert Statz
Rochard Sauveur *
Roopak Sekhon *
Samer Al-Daheen
Sean Arora
Seshu Pisipati
Seung Eun Kim
Shabnam Zahedi
Shannon Arora
Sheila Joshi
Shivan Patel
Suha Qasem
Tatyana Beaubrun
Terence Riley
Utsav Aiya
Vishal Ganta
Zain Nagaria


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