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NEWS: Ross Graduation Ceremony May 20, Live Feed on Facebook

May 18, 2017

Ross graduates from the Class of 2016.

Ross graduates from the Class of 2016.

For the Class of 2017, the final destination of their medical school journey at Ross will be the commencement ceremony May 20 at the University of Miami's Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Fla. There will be a live stream of the event on the Ross Facebook page or Ustream beginning at 9 a.m.
As hundreds donned in cap and gown anxiously await the start of the processional, there undoubtedly will be many envisioning the first day of their residency program in which most are set to begin just weeks away. Internal Medicine and Family Medicine are again the top two specialties in which many of the newly minted Ross graduates earned residency positions. However, recent Ross graduates also matched through the National Resident Matching Program® in anesthesiology, neurology, orthopedic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pathology, urology, radiation oncology and in a rare pediatric-emergency program, to name a few.
Whether returning to their hometowns or beginning careers in new regions, the Class of 2017 will have a presence throughout the United States, joining the more than 13,000 existing Ross alumni. Some of the residency programs earned by the latest cohort of graduates are offered by the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in AZ; Brown University Alpert Medical School in RI; MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center/National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC; University of Texas Medical School in Houston; and Tulane University School of Medicine in LA.
Highlights of the graduation ceremony include remarks by Ross alumnus Sandor Toledo, MD, and a keynote address by Dave Barry, Miami Herald columnist and best-selling author:
Sandor Toledo, MD, (Class of 2017) will begin a general surgery residency at the University of Connecticut Health System.
Toledo is a military veteran who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from high school. Sandor spent seven years in the Marines and attained the rank of Sergeant. He then went on to pursue higher education, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University (FIU), with majors in biochemistry and psychology, both through the FIU Honors College. He later obtained a master's degree in business administration at FIU while simultaneously enrolled at Ross.
Sandor has held several leadership positions at Ross including Exam Representative, Class Representative, and Student Government Association President. He co-founded the Ross University Veteran's Club and First Pass Effect, a local school rock band.
He is also Founder and Chief Executive Officer of El Carne Express, a Cuban restaurant and food truck. Sandor continues to serve in the military active reserves as a percussionist and guitarist in the 13th Army Band. 
Pulitzer-Prize winner Dave Barry is a syndicated Miami Herald humor columnist and best-selling author. His columns have appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. He has written a total of 30 books. Two of his books were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom Dave's World, starring Harry Anderson. He also plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom.
Barry is an entertaining personality who takes on the most difficult issues of our times, yet leaves his readers and audiences laughing. His recent books include Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is much Faster), You Can Date Boys When you’re Forty, Insane City, and I’ll Mature When I’m Dead.

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