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.
At Pediatric Convocation 2013, current and former patients treated in the Department of Pediatrics celebrate high school graduation with family, friends, and staff members.
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.