UCF Medical School graduates its first class today
And they’re doctors. The first class of medical students graduated from University of Central Florida College of Medicine this morning, during a ceremony at the main university campus.
The charter class of 36 graduates also was the first class of medical students in the nation to receive full-ride, four-year scholarships courtesy of community donors.
The scholarships, each worth $160,000, helped the school attract more than 4,300 applications for 41 spaces, allowing the school to be very selective despite its being unknown and unproven.
“You took a big chance,” said UCF President John Hitt during the commencement address. “You agreed to come to an unaccredited medical school. Your gamble paid off. Today, you are graduating debt free from a fully accredited medical school and are going to some of the best residencies in the nation.
“In decades to come, UCF College of Medicine — a school you chartered — will grow in distinction,” Hitt said.
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