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After the successful completion of remote studies, for the first time after the quarantine, live music was playing again in the historic Great Courtyard of Vilnius University (VU) decorated with the most beautiful summer flowers and filled with festive and cheerful emotion. Smiles of happiness were shining in the faces of all the members of the University community, the graduates, their relatives and guests, and their hearts were hotter than the generous summer sun. The exclusive celebration of awarding diplomas to international students of the Faculty of Medicine in 2020 became not only a symbol of sincere gratitude to doctors and faith in the progress of medical science and practice, but also a ray of hope. The diplomas were awarded to 24 masters of Medicine Study Programme and 8 masters of Dentistry Study Programme. All graduates represented different countries of the world.

On the first Sunday of June, Lithuania celebrates Father’s Day, honouring fatherhood and fatherly care that helps to nurture the family and raise children. This day was officially first celebrated in the United States, where a movement to honour parents was established in 1910 by Louisa Dodd, whose father raised six children alone. For the occasion of Father’s Day this year, Professor Dr. Algirdas Utkus, who is a geneticist and the dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University, and his son Simonas Utkus, a soon-to-be graduate of the Medicine study programme of Vilnius University, agreed to share their thoughts.

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