Members of the Class of 2017 graduate from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (David Hungate for Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine)

Graduating class of 2017
Members of the Class of 2017 gather around a projected image of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's seal.

Members of the Class of 2017 became doctors during graduation exercises on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Roanoke's Jefferson Center. This is the fourth class to graduate from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Four male students in the dressing room enjoying a last minute beverage before graduation
Minutes before commencement, members of the Class of 2017 of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine toast to completion of medical school.
Ramesh Biswas adjusts his tam prior to taking the stage for graduation.
Ramesh Biswas adjusts his tam prior to taking the stage for graduation.
Jaspreet Hira takes a final look in the mirror prior to graduation.
Jaspreet Hira takes a final look in the mirror prior to graduation.
Student Matthew Yanoff in the spotlight as he walks to the stage
Matthew Yanoff walks past assembled faculty as he enters the Jefferson Center for Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Class of 2017 commencement exercises.
Faculty members at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine stand on the steps of the Jefferson Center prior to graduation.
Faculty members at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine stand on the steps of the Jefferson Center prior to graduation.
Founding Dean Cynda Johnson, M.D. makes her opening comments during graduation exercises.
Founding Dean Cynda Johnson, M.D. makes her opening comments during graduation exercises.
Student representative Kevin McGurk offers insight and humor as part of his address to the assembled faculty, guests, family, and the Class of 2017.
Student representative Kevin McGurk offers insight and humor as part of his address to the assembled faculty, guests, family, and the Class of 2017.
Jack Perkins, M.D. was selected by the class to speak on behalf of the school's faculty.
Jack Perkins, M.D. was selected by the class to speak on behalf of the school's faculty.
Chris McLaughlin
Class President Christopher McLaughlin is one of two students nominated by the class to speak during graduation.
Graduation speaker Mary Wakefield, R.N., Ph.D. addresses the soon-to-be-doctors.
Graduation speaker Mary Wakefield, R.N., Ph.D. addresses the soon-to-be-doctors.
The Class of 2017 of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine receives their Doctorate of Medicine during commencement exercises.
The Class of 2017 of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine receives their Doctorate of Medicine during commencement exercises.
Francis Bustos, M.D. looks up as faculty members place his hood on his shoulders.
Francis Bustos, M.D. looks up as faculty members place his hood on his shoulders.
Matthew Addis, M.D. receives his ceremonial hood as part of graduating.
Matthew Addis, M.D. receives his ceremonial hood as part of graduating.
Audience members provide the Class of 2017 a standing ovation.
Audience members provide the Class of 2017 a standing ovation.
Members of the Class of 2017 take a "selfie" in front of the school.
Members of the Class of 2017 take a "selfie" in front of the school.
Christopher Li, M.D. gives a thumbs up to the camera
Christopher Li, M.D. relaxes after four years of medical school.
While standing on the steps of the school, members of the Class of 2017 throw their hats in the air in celebration.
While standing on the steps of the school, members of the Class of 2017 throw their hats in the air in celebration.