Each year, many of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s former and current pediatric patients graduate from high school or earn their GED. Beginning in 2007, Memorial Sloan-Kettering has celebrated this milestone at our annual Pediatric Convocation celebration. We held the seventh annual convocation on June 13, 2013.
Each year, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Department of Pediatrics celebrates the more than 70 current and former patients who graduate from high school. In 2012, more than 30 graduates attended the sixth annual Pediatric Convocation ceremony on June 7. Watch graduates Simon, Tori, and CJ, along with their families, as they share inspiring stories about their cancer treatment and their achievement of this milestone.
Convocation validates everything we do as healthcare providers,” says Paul Meyers, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics. “We work to restore young people to health, and we get to see that success. This event gives patients a chance to celebrate their victories and accomplishments with others who know what they went through.”
Pediatric Convocation includes a formal ceremony, followed by a luncheon for graduates and their families. This time of celebration is also an opportunity to reunite with old friends from the pediatrics staff.
“As cancer patients and survivors, we’ve learned lessons that no one can teach us in school…We’ve learned to smile endlessly, love unconditionally, and appreciate all the small things life has to offer,” says Annie, 2010 graduate.