Return here on Friday, August 6 at 2 p.m. to watch a livestream of the Class of 2025's White Coat Ceremony.

In the Class of 2025, you’ll find …

  • A fashion model, a phlebotomist, a farmer and a physical therapist.
  • A public health worker, a medical device developer and a molecular genetics researcher who studied coronary artery disease.
  • A first-generation college graduate and a soon-to-be first author on a research paper.
  • An artist who drew caricatures and another who does chalk murals.
  • An immigrant from Bulgaria and interns from NASA and the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Baristas, bartenders and ballerinas who danced the Nutcracker and Swan Lake.
  • Volunteers who staffed a suicide hotline, hurricane relief and the security team for Kevin Hart’s Irresponsible tour.

On their way to medical school, they …

  • Served as EMTs in Seattle during the pandemic, as head scribe in the UVA emergency department, as a COVID-19 case investigator and on L.A. County’s Skid Row providing wellness checks and COVID-19 tests.
  • Created a charcuterie and luxury picnic company, watched every Harry Potter movie in one day and turned at least one apartment into a mini-jungle with more than 40 houseplants.
  • Survived the bite of an Australian paralysis tick, an encounter with grizzly bears and Ewing’s sarcoma of the pancreas.
  • Flew on a flying trapeze, rode an ostrich in Aruba and a camel in the desert.
  • Performed with a sketch comedy group, played the flute at Carnegie Hall and traveled the country as a science rapper.
  • Jumped out of planes over the Caribbean, off cliffs in Cancun and into a 32-degree Lake Michigan.
  • Swam with sharks and through seven million jellyfish, fostered kittens and trained a wild horse.
  • Hiked the Grand Canyon, trekked through the mountains of Nepal, solo backpacked in Thailand and climbed the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Lived nearby in Richmond, far away in West Africa and on a boat in the South Pacific.

In four years …

  • Several will be the first physicians in their family.
  • And at least one will have mastered the ukulele.

Dean’s Equity Scholar: Gabe Thomas

“Having a scholarship to decrease that financial burden allowed me to relax a little bit, at least financially. It was more exciting than getting into medical school. The first thing I did was call my mom and share that excitement with her.”

Read Gabe's Story