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Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 2021 commencement

May 16, 2024

By Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science staff

Keynote speakers at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science commencement ceremonies will discuss the importance of overcoming imposter syndrome, embracing uncertainty, and finding purpose in creating a community. Ceremonies will be held in Arizona, Florida, and Rochester over the next week.

The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science commencement ceremonies will feature notable Mayo Clinic alumni as keynote speakers.

Arizona commencement: Nathan Delafield, M.D.

Nathan Delafield, M.D., will speak about how his journey to practicing medicine was full of uncertainty after experiencing homelessness and spending time in the foster system as a child. And he will discuss how physicians need to be prepared to navigate the unknown.

Dr. Delafield is a senior associate consultant in Community Internal Medicine, an assistant professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, and an associate program director for the Internal Medicine residency program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Dr. Delafield is also the associate chair of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for the Department of Medicine. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

Florida commencement: Jordan Dutcher, M.D.

Jordan Dutcher, M.D., will share her experiences of confronting imposter syndrome, finding value in humility, and recognizing the incredible privilege of helping patients and their families.

Dr. Dutcher is a second-year resident in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Florida. In 2022, she completed medical school at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. Dr. Dutcher was one of the inaugural members of the Mayo Clinic in Florida 2+2 program, where students spend their first two years of medical school in either Arizona or Rochester and then complete the final two years in Florida. 

As a recent alumni member, she has continued her involvement in the school through teaching and serving on the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education and Simulation Medicine subcommittees.

Minnesota commencement: Bryce Binstadt, M.D., Ph.D.

Bryce Binstadt, M.D., Ph.D., will encourage graduates at the Minnesota ceremony to create a work environment that people will look back on fondly.

Dr. Binstadt is a physician-scientist and pediatric rheumatologist who graduated from Mayo Medical School's M.D.-Ph.D. Program in 1999. He is a professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology at the University of Minnesota. 

In addition to his research and clinical activities, Dr. Binstadt is deeply committed to educating physician-scientists and pediatric rheumatologists. In 2021, Dr. Binstadt received the Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award from the American College of Rheumatology. 


Learn more about Commencement for Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.