Susangeline S. "Angie" Strickland, M.D. was keynote speaker at the VCU School of Medicine Class of 2020's White Coat Ceremony

It’s a week that’s full of milestone moments for the 216 incoming students who make up the Class of 2020.

Roll Call in the historic Egyptian Building. The official class photo under a blazing August sun. And getting helped into their first white coats at a celebratory ceremony with family and friends looking on.

This year’s keynote speaker at the White Coat Ceremony tapped into the feeling of eagerness that pulses through the week when she told the students: “Your impact matters now. Not just when you graduate. Not just when you get done with that rotation or this exam. But right now.”

Susangeline S. “Angie” Strickland, M’06, H’09, knows what she’s talking about. She’s stood in their shoes, and she shared stories about her own experiences to show them what’s possible.