School of Medicine

School of Medicine Diploma Ceremony

Sunday, May 15, 11:30 a.m.

Severance Music Center

Guest Ticketing:

Each student can receive up to 6 guest tickets for the Diploma Ceremony. If it is possible to release additional guest tickets, students will receive information from their Commencement Coordinator as to how and when they may obtain them. Only students have access to the ticketing registration system.


Join the celebration and watch remotely:


Complete Schedule of Activities:

May 13

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Class Meeting HEC, Mandell Tiered Lecture Hall

Mandatory for all graduates planning to participate in the diploma ceremony. Contact if unable to attend.

Presentations by Dean Gerson, Society Deans, Alumni Office, and Events Office.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Dean Gerson and School of Medicine Faculty host reception for 2022 MD and PhD graduates. HEC, South Winter Garden  

May 14

2:00 p.m. Student Awards Ceremony Tinkham Veale University Center - Ballroom Parents and families are invited to join. Award winners will be notified in advance.
3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony Reception Tinkham Veale University Center - Lobby Parents and families are invited to join. 

May 15

9:30 a.m. Class photo and line-up Biomedical Research Building  
10:00 a.m. Class photo outside with everyone in regalia (weather permitting) Biomedical Research Building  
10:15 a.m. Procession to Severance Music Center Depart from Biomedical Research Building  
11:30 a.m. Diploma Ceremony Severance Music Center Tickets required for guests.
12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Reception Biomedical Research Building All graduates, family, friends, faculty, and administration are invited.

Ceremony Speaker

Lisa A. Mellman, M.D. (MED '81) is the Samuel Rudin Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC and Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed her psychiatry residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute where she was Chief Resident. Dr. Mellman completed her psychoanalytic training at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

A national leader in psychiatric and medical education, Dr. Mellman is Past President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training and chaired task forces and committees on psychiatric education and psychotherapy competency for the American Psychiatric Association and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training. She also chaired the Fellowship Program of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In her former positions directing clinical services and as a residency training director, Dr. Mellman developed new clinical and teaching programs in psychiatry. Her current focus on medical education addresses the learning environment and medical student career development.

Dr. Mellman has received awards for clinical excellence, Teacher of the Year, and for contributions to psychoanalysis. Her publications and presentations are on psychiatric and medical education, psychotherapy training and competencies, workforce, pregnancy of the therapist, cultural competency, and consequences of violence. She treats patients with problems including depression, anxiety, adjustment and relationship problems.

Contact Information

For any questions and concerns, please reach out to your Commencement Coordinator.