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CU School of Medicine | Class of 2024 | Graduation

CU School of Medicine Graduation 2024

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What You Need To Know

These stories are part of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Graduation coverage highlighting our graduates.

Please join us as we celebrate the University of Colorado School of Medicine Class of 2024 with a hooding and oath ceremony on Monday, May 20, at 10:15 a.m.

The Class of 2024 began their medical school journey during the COVID-19 pandemic and overcame historic challenges to accomplish so much over the past four years to meet the demands of medical school and clinical training.

Click on the stories below to learn more about our graduates and their journey through medical school.

For more information and details on this year's graduation, please click here.

Haya Kaliounji - 5-1-24

Graduating CU Medical Student Helps Provide Crucial Medical Care to Syrians

Forty-eight Syrians who’ve lost limbs due to the ongoing civil war now have prosthetic devices because of Haya Kaliounji, who graduates from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in May.

Her nonprofit Rise Again started as a Girl Scout Gold Award project in 2015 when she was finishing high school in Southern California. Since then, she’s raised $56,000 for the prosthetics.


Paige Romer - 5-7-24

Medicine and Education are Both in the Career Mix for a Graduating Med Student

As a former middle-school teacher and soon-to-be-graduating medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Paige Romer is finding ways to combine the two skill sets.

Romer – the descendant of a Colorado governor, a state lawmaker, and community activists – is also carrying on the family tradition of public service.


Rachael Branscomb - 5-8-24

Rachael Branscomb Fulfills Childhood Dream of Making a Difference Through Medicine

Rachael Branscomb, a fourth-year student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, decided to be a pediatrician when she was just 8 years old. Now, with graduation on the horizon, she’s excited to take the next step in reaching her childhood goal.  

As a young child, Branscomb took part in a growth hormone study in the endocrinology department at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Spending so much time in the hospital and getting to know all the doctors involved with the study inspired a lifelong passion for a career in medicine. “Even at that young age, I wanted to be like those doctors and learn more about what they were doing,” Branscomb says. “I decided then and there that I was going to be a doctor too.” 


David Duarte-Corado - 5-8-24

Graduating Med Student Highlights Importance of Increasing Diversity

Following years of hard work and perseverance through unexpected challenges, David Duarte-Corado is about to accomplish a childhood dream: Graduating from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and becoming a doctor who represents and cares for traditionally underserved populations.  

Duarte-Corado grew up in Aurora, just a few blocks away from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. His interest in medicine began in elementary school when he served as a translator at medical appointments for his Spanish-speaking parents, who had immigrated to the United States from Guatemala.