Public health graduates ready to put passions, new concentration to practice in 2015
At the close of every semester, the USF College of Public Health honors its graduates before they embark on their professional endeavors. Students file the stresses of their final semesters in "the past" and prepare themselves for their individual paths th graduate programs, fellowships, careers th whatever the future may hold!
(Media-Newswire.com) - At the close of every semester, the USF College of Public Health honors its graduates before they embark on their professional endeavors. Students file the stresses of their final semesters in “the past” and prepare themselves for their individual paths – graduate programs, fellowships, careers – whatever the future may hold!
On Friday, Dec. 12, students, staff, family, friends and faculty alike flooded COPH’s Sam Bell III Auditorium to reflect on the achievements from their college careers.
“You are our ambassadors in Florida, nationwide and around the world,” said Dr. Kay Perrin, director of undergraduate studies in the COPH. “You should be proud of your accomplishments!”
And indeed they should.
The fall class of 2014 officially joined the 26% of the U.S. population who hold college degrees, and it even managed to break a handful of records along the way. The semester not only boasted the largest graduating class thus far with an astounding 153 undergraduates, but also finished with an overall GPA of 3.04, the highest of any graduating class so far.
“Our favorite time of the year is when you arrive,” said Dr. Donna Petersen, dean of COPH. “Our second favorite time of the year is today – when we see you about to graduate and enter the field as public health professionals.”
Abu-Sayeef Mirza knows only too well the sense of relief graduation holds. Last summer, he became the first person to earn an MPH before completing his undergraduate degree. He now is a third-year student across the street from COPH at the Morsani College of Medicine.
“The value of your education will truly manifest when you apply what you learned in the real world,” said Mirza. “The time and energy you put into this education deserves to be honored and respected.”
“Knowledge must be accompanied by action,” he continued, giving the audience some of the same advice he gives his patients. “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. Whether it is to organize a nonprofit, join an NGO, start up a new business, or enter the health care field at any level from a nurse to physician, you must use your past experiences to build a better future.”
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All graduates have their own stories, their own plans and their own paths. They have their individual ideas of what their degrees can help them achieve and help them do in the world. To the newly-graduated Angelica Williams, one of the first two to graduate with the new infection control concentration, public health offers an opportunity to improve our communities on a multitude of levels.
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