The state's four medical schools - at Harvard, Tufts, BU and UMass - have agreed to push their normal May graduations into April at the request of state officials, who in turn have promised an expedited licensing process for people who stay in Massachusetts, to get new doctors into the front lines of the war against Covid-19.
In a letter to final-year students at the BU School of Medicine, Dr. Karen Antman, the school's dean, writes:
Your class is clearly graduating at one of the most medically challenging times of the last century, and will shortly be an important part of the country's response to the COVID-19 challenge. We are proud of the physicians that you will soon be, and for the role that you will play in the care of your patients.
BU will hold its medical-school commencement exercises - online, of course - on April 17, instead of the originally scheduled May 14.