Newly qualified doctors graduate from university with online ceremony amidst coronavirus

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Ben Turner celebrated his graduation at home in Buckinghamshire, hundreds of miles from the University of Bristol.

Now a doctor, he joined nearly 250 medical school classmates for an online ceremony.

Dressed in a makeshift robe and a mortar, he sat next to his parents during the formalities – and will soon be on the front line to fight the coronavirus.

“It’s weird, it’s a little surreal. We never really imagined it would happen this way, “he told ITV News.

“I think it is fair to think that our diploma has been advanced, so that we can help within the NHS when the country needs it most. “

With his girlfriend Megan Kelsey, Ben and his classmates accelerated their graduation to join the NHS as soon as possible.

“I think it is fair to think that our diploma has been advanced, so that we can help within the NHS when the country needs it most,” she told ITV News.

Ben will remember his graduation for many reasons, but he and his classmates will now turn their attention to the future and the fight against coronaviruses.

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