since 1917, mayo clinic has been preparing candidates for m.s. and ph.d. degrees in biomedical sciences. for over 25 years, mayo clinic graduate school of biomedical sciences has been training students in scholarship and scientific discovery as an independent degree-granting school. currently, more than 100 students are working toward master's degrees and over 200 are working toward doctoral degrees. six students are admitted each year into the combined m.d. and ph.d. degree program.
mayo clinic alix school of medicine matriculated its first class in 1972. for over 40 years, a world-class faculty of physicians and scientists has educated aspiring physicians in patient-centered, science-driven, team-based, high-value health care. founded upon mayo clinic's 150-year-old tradition of patient-centered care, mayo clinic alix school of medicine is highly innovative and selective, cultivating future physician leaders through a broad array of unparalleled learning opportunities.
the 2020 commencement, which was scheduled for may 17, 2020, is canceled due to covid-19. this year's class will be invited to return with their families for a joint commencement ceremony that includes the classes of 2020 and 2021 on may 23, 2021, in rochester, minnesota.