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Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Class of 2023 Commencement

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The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is proud to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2023 on Saturday, May 6, 2023.


9:00 a.m.
Shaftman Performance Hall
Jefferson Center
541 Luck Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia


Immediately following the ceremony, at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Fitzpatrick Hall
Jefferson Center

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[Dean Learman]: What a beautiful morning it is. It's my pleasure to welcome you here on this beautiful morning celebrate the commencement ceremony of our 10th graduating class the class of 2023.

[Dean Learman]: Class of 2023, the last four years have indeed been unique in challenging ways however as I reflect on the journey you've traveled I have no doubt that you will go forth as our ambassadors and make us very very proud.

[Cyril Clarke]: Each of you has the opportunity and I would say the responsibility to use your talents and experiences to impact others positively.


[Danny Avula]: I hope for you is that you will be exceptional humans leading with love humility and compassion as you seek to serve a community beyond yourself

[Sahana Nazeer]: Together we are a diverse group of individuals who uphold our shared values of inclusivity through kindness humility through reflection and open-mindedness through respect. Together as the class of 2023, we will remain steadfast to our principles in the hopes of enriching the lives of our peers, colleagues, school community and most importantly our patients.

[Vydia Permaschwar]: I hope you always take the time to listen to the stories of your patients. I hope you have the wisdom to accept the message it sends you, and I hope you allow the message to guide you in your journey as future physicians

[Shashank Somasundaram]: Anyone who's had the misfortune of asking me how medical school is going has been immediately treated to me rambling about how absolutely incredible every single one of my classmates are and how confidently that I could say that each and every one of them are going to be amazing humanistic physicians.

[Luma Abunimer]: We are products of the people we love and to be in this room means that your love has been an integral part of us crossing this stage today and your love will continue to be an integral part in the care we provide for our future patients. Thank you for believing in us for sacrificing for us and for loving us.

[Sahana Nazeer]: My dear class, I love you all so much and look forward to seeing us thrive we did it.

[Music] [Applause] 


Danny TK Avula is a physician board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine, as well as the commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services. Dr. Avula wants the students to consider the many different paths available to them beyond clinical medicine, such as pursuing research or advocating for meaningful policy. Dr. Avula's experiences demonstrate how a physician's positive impact can go beyond the hospital or doctor's office and he encourages the graduates to share their knowledge and expertise for the public good.

Parking for the Ceremony

Parking is free at Jefferson Center and is located along Luck Avenue across from the main entrance. Although parking is typically readily available, it may become limited based on the event. Handicap parking is available in a dedicated lot on Luck Avenue across from Fitzpatrick Hall.  

Parking Map

Live Streaming

The graduation ceremony will be live streamed.  

Faculty Information

Faculty Regalia Orders

Faculty may now order regalia from Oak Hall Cap and Gown

All orders must be placed by March 22, 2023.

Orders will be shipped to the school and will be available for pick-up beginning Tuesday, May 2 in M149.


The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center

110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke, VA, 24016

Group Name: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Graduation

Single/Double Occupancy = $230.00 + applicable taxes ($20.00 each additional person, per day + applicable taxes)
$15 self-parking fee per car per day (shuttle to door), $21 valet parking fee per car per day

Please call the hotel or use this link to make your reservations. Reservations must be made by 4/7/2023 to receive room block rate.

Springhill Suites by Marriott

301 Reserve Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016

Group Name: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

King Suite Room Rate = $179.00 + applicable taxes (includes Breakfast, Internet & Parking) 
Please call to make your reservations or reserve online. Reservations must be made by 4/6/2023 to receive room block rate.

If we reach the capacity of 10 rooms (current block), depending on availability, we may be able to extend the block to include additional rooms. Please reach out to Hope Reynolds if you have difficulty with reservations after the block is full. 

Hilton Garden Inn Roanoke

4500 South Peak Blvd., Roanoke, VA 24018

Group Name: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine - Graduation

Standard Guest Room Rate = $199.00 + applicable taxes.
Please call to make your reservations or reserve online. Reservations must be made by 4/8/2023 to receive room block rate.

Hampton Inn & Suites - Roanoke Downtown

27 Church Avenue S.E., Roanoke, VA 24011
(No block room available)
* There is an additional parking fee per car per day.
Please call the hotel directly go to their website to make your reservations. 

Liberty Trust Hotel

101 S Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24011

Virginia Tech School of Medicine Graduation Block Rate $200.00 + tax
Reservation link

Tracy Jones

Senior Director, Enrollment Management and Assistant Registrar

Riverside 2 M149