Celebrating the Class of 2023
On Wednesday 19th July, Liverpool School of Medicine celebrated our incredible Class of 2023 with a ceremony at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and reception at a sun-kissed Abercromby Square.
Our graduates have already flown their Liverpool nest, but will of course remain Liverbirds at heart, as they embark on their Foundation Programme training at trusts up and down the country.
Last Wednesday was a chance to celebrate all of their incredible achievements with family and friends, as well as staff who have shaped their learning journey here at Liverpool.
Graduates celebrated with loved ones at a School reception
Dean of Liverpool School of Medicine Professor Hazel Scott presented the School’s PG and MBChB graduands at the ceremony. She offered congratulations to those “reaching to collect the baton, from the generations who have qualified from Liverpool ahead of you.”
The weeks ahead will be the start of something wonderful. For many of you they will mark a lifetime of meaningful service to others, of discovering and implementing new treatments that have yet to be discovered, and of being a core part of a much-needed clinical team.
“The Faculty, your University and NHS community - your Liverpool family - are so proud of what you have achieved, and all you have yet to do, in the bright futures that lie ahead of you.”
Professor Hazel Scott with graduates
Photo opp with 'favourite lecturer' Dr Rhys Davies
Dr Faye Bradshaw celebrates with graduates
As part of the ceremony, Medicine and Dentistry graduates came together to take the Declaration of Geneva, taken by members of the medical profession as they affirm their commitment to a lifetime of care.
Dr Anthonia Adefolaju was this year’s Graduate Speaker and concluded the ceremony with reflections on some of her fondest memories and biggest highlights from her time at the School.
“I’ve had the pleasure of representing my colleagues as course rep, founding the BME Medics Liverpool Society with fellow student doctors and having the opportunity to work with the Anthony Walker Foundation to increase awareness of discrimination in the NHS.”
She thanked Professor Scott, staff and tutors from the School and at our NHS trust partners - “We have been fortunate enough to benefit from first class teaching and mentorship throughout our years, and have become all the more well rounded and caring and for your guidance, ready to face the realities of working life in healthcare settings.”
Liverpool as a city is so full of culture and diversity and has been the most wonderful place for us to embark on our educational journeys. We’ve all been so privileged to call Liverpool home, and I know Liverpool will always have a special place in my heart.
- Read Anthonia Adefolaju Graduate Speech 2023 in full (PDF).
- Watch the graduation ceremony on the University graduation website (link). Timestamps – Professor Scott’s address: 24mins, Declaration of Geneva: 1hr 13 mins, Graduate Speech: 1hr 16mins.
Gradute Speaker Anthonia Adefolaju (left) with fellow graduate
Many graduates shared their pride on having reached this momentous milestone on social media, while some of the special shots from the day were captured in a photo book shared with graduates as they set off for their foundation roles.
- Go to the School of Medicine Class of 2023 photo book (link).
I graduated from @LivUniMedicine last week and I’m so proud to finally be Dr Chloe! The first in the family. I’m going to miss Liverpool and all my wonderful friends so much, but I’m very excited for the next venture as a Foundation Doctor in Bristol! ☺️ pic.twitter.com/J7E0zvENW9— Chloe McGrath (@ChloeMcGrath25) July 24, 2023
Dr Anthonia Adefolaju MBChB BSc (Hons)!! + I had the pleasure of delivering the graduate speech too! Still very much in disbelief— Anthonia Adefolaju (@AntAdefolaju) July 25, 2023
Thankful to God, my wonderful family, friends and loved ones, and to @LivUniMedicine @LivUni!! pic.twitter.com/c1kBTdhWSI
Dr Bethany Needham MBChB— Bethany Needham (@bethany3llen) July 21, 2023
We made it!!! I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of all my friends and family both at home and who I’ve met during my five years at @LivUniMedicine
THANK YOU 🙏🏼 THANK YOU 🙏🏼 THANK YOU@BlackpoolHosp I’m coming for you! pic.twitter.com/b9SO22TVm4
An amazing week 😊— Michael Norton (@drmnorton) July 21, 2023
Incredibly proud to see Dr. Ciara Norton @CiaraSNorton receive her medical degree from The University of Liverpool @LivUni
Proud to have you as my daughter and very soon my colleague Ciara. Dx@LivUniMedicine #ClassOf2023 #LivUniGrad @MADEinHEENE pic.twitter.com/WkyeuGcNxU
Congratulations Class of 2023. Keep in touch! Take a look through graduation best bits over on our Class of 2023 Highlights on Instagram (link).
Dr Katie Marston and Uncle - also a Liverpool graduate