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NOSM University to host inaugural convocation ceremony

Posted on May 25, 2023

Joy Warkentin, Chair, Board of Governors, and Dr. Sarita Verma, President, Vice-Chancellor, Dean, and CEO, invite media to attend a special event.

NOSM University, Canada’s first independent medical university, will graduate its very first class, and install Dr. Cindy Blackstock as inaugural Chancellor.

Date:              Friday, May 26, 2023

Time:             Media scrum at 2 p.m., graduation ceremony beginning at 4:00 p.m. EST

In person:     United Steelworkers Hall and Conference Centre
66 Brady St.
Sudbury, ON

Online:          The announcement will be live-streamed on YouTube beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Media availability: A media scrum will be held at the United Steelworkers Hall and Conference Centre at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Sarita Verma and two MD graduates.


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NOSM University is Canada’s first independent medical university and one of the greatest education and physician workforce strategy success stories of Northern Ontario. More than just a medical university, it was purpose-built to address the health needs of the region. While advocating for equitable access to care, the university contributes to the economic development of Northern Ontario. NOSM University relies on the commitment and expertise of the peoples of Northern Ontario to educate health-care professionals to practise in Indigenous, Francophone, rural, remote, and underserved communities. With a focus on diversity, inclusion, and advocacy, NOSM University is an award-winning, socially-accountable organization renowned for its innovative model of distributed, community-engaged education and research.

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