Students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s Class of 2019 are giving back before they walk across the stage in their commencement ceremony this spring.
All 37 class members donated to their class gift, which raises money for the Founding Dean Cynda Ann Johnson Vision Fund.
Cynda Ann Johnson founded the school in 2008. She retired in 2018.
The fund was established in her honor, after she announced her retirement as founding dean.
Money raised for the fund creates resources for the school’s curriculum and entrepreneurial program.
Andrew Barr, president of the VTCSOM Class of 2019 says, “After conversations and a class-wide survey, it became clear pretty quickly that our class wanted to honor Dr. Johnson’s unique contributions to our school and the values she has instilled in all of us with a gift to the Vision Fund.”
“One of the things I loved most about VTCSOM is the small class size, which allowed me to get to know the students on a personal level. I think that was evident through the Class of 2019 gift. Rather than a physical retirement gift, this is much more meaningful and lasting,” says Johnson.
The donation from the Class of 2019 is a tradition that started with the Class of 2017.