The Rector of the University, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor Sergei Fedorovich Bagnenko and the Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Oleg Nikolaevich Ergashev performed a welcoming speech. Oleg Nikolaevich personally congratulated the University staff and read out a welcoming speech from the Governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Dmitrievich Beglov. At the Gala Day, a traditional ceremony was held to present awards, established in honor of outstanding representatives of medical specialties. The evening ended with a festive concert by the MarimbaMix orchestra conducted by Stanislav Grigorenko. The winner of International competitions, soloist of the Mikhailovsky Theater Svetlana Monchak was singing for guests.