Dr. Steve Punzell and his daughter attend a reception for the Class of 2016 of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
Dr. Steve Punzell and his daughter attend a reception for the Class of 2016 of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Members of the Class of 2016 of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine attend graduation exercises at Roanoke's Jefferson Center. This is the third class the school has graduated and all students will commence their residencies this summer. They will be pursuing 21 specialties in 34 different programs dispersed across 19 states. The rundown of residency programs they were accepted in to is impressive: Georgetown, Duke, Baylor, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, just to name a few. Additionally, this class has three students who were commissioned Captains in the U.S. Army's Medical Corps.

J. Kevin Dorsey, Dean of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine was the keynote speaker during graduation exercises. “Any patient would have a difficult time knowing how much you’ve actually learned,” he said. “What they really want is a good doctor, a doctor who cares.”

President and Founding Dean Cynda Johnson, MD, conducts graduation exercises for the Class of 2016 of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
President and Founding Dean Cynda Johnson, MD, conducts graduation exercises for the Class of 2016 of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
Dean J. Kevin Dorsey, MD, PhD, of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine provides the keynote address during the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's graduation ceremonies.
Dean J. Kevin Dorsey, MD, PhD, of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine provides the keynote address.
Dr. Nikki Kumar of the Class of 2016 of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is hooded during graduation ceremonies.
Dr. Nikki Kumar of the Class of 2016 is hooded during graduation ceremonies.
Deans, faculty members, and invited guests of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine pose for a group photo before commencement exercises on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Deans, faculty members, and invited guests of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine pose for a group photo before commencement exercises on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Members of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine stand and are recognized upon completion of the school's 2016 graduation exercises.
Members of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine stand and are recognized upon completion of the school's 2016 graduation exercises.
Members of the class of 2016 toss their tams in the air after graduation exercises of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
Members of the class of 2016 toss their tams in the air after graduation exercises of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
While standing on the steps of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, graduates of the Class of 2016 toss their hats (called a "tam") in the air.
While standing on the steps of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, graduates of the Class of 2016 toss their hats (called a "tam") in the air.
Dr. Daniel Fish stands with his parents in front of the sign at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine after graduation exercises for the Class of 2016.
Dr. Daniel Fish stands with his parents in front of the sign at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine after graduation exercises for the Class of 2016.
A parent holds the hat of a graduate of the Class of 2016 of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
A parent holds the hat of a graduate of the Class of 2016 of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
Multiple cameras are focused on Dr. Lauren Cantwell and guests during the commencement reception.
Multiple cameras are focused on Dr. Lauren Cantwell and guests during a reception celebrating the graduation of the class of 2016 of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

2016 Graduates of the Virginia Tech Carilion School Of Medicine enjoy commencement exercises on Saturday, May 7, 2016. (David Hungate/ VTCSOM)

Graduating class of 2016
Graduates of the Class of 2016 gather around the seal of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.