UKCOM Celebrates Class of 2017 with Senior Awards and Commencement

Welcome to the University of Kentucky College Graduation page. We are very proud of the achievements of the Class of 2017 and would like to share highlights from these special events with you. Please see details regarding the Senior Awards Ceremony and Commencement below.

Senior Awards Ceremony

The UK College of Medicine Class of 2017 Senior Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Grand Reserve Distillery Square. It was a special event for graduating medical students, their families and friends, as well as College of Medicine faculty and staff. Multiple awards were given in the following categories: Teaching Awards, Humanism Awards, Student Awards and Departmental Awards, Honor Chords and Graduation Awards.

Click here for a complete list of award recipients. 
Click here for photos of the awards ceremony captured by the Office of Medical Education.


The UK College of Medicine Class of 2017 Commencement was held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in the Concert Hall of the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. This year’s ceremony marked the 54th Graduation Processional for the College. Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges delivered the commencement address and helped us celebrate our student’s success. 

The graduating class consisted of with 132 students who, following the completion of intense studies and clinical rotations, assumed the title of “doctor.”  During the National Residency Match Week, the Class of 2017 matched into 23 different specialties. Thirty-three percent of the class will complete residency training in Primary Care as defined by Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics and Family Medicine. Twenty-three percent elected to stay at the UK HealthCare for residency training with another three percent staying at other Kentucky residency programs.

Click here for photos of the commencement captured by the Office of Medical Education.