2017 UGA College of Public Health Graduation Celebration
Dean Phillip Williams: UGA’s College of Public Health held its 12th Graduation Celebration May 5th at Athens Classic Center. A festive crowd of candidates, their families, friends, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate 150 students receiving degrees. The College of Public Health was founded in 2005 and today we’re very excited to be celebrating our 12th graduation. We’re very pleased to have seen the college grow from a handful of graduates in 2005 to 155 here today. Our college is one of 17 colleges at the University of Georgia and we have four academic departments or independent institutes, about a thousand students and over 70 faculty. Our students come from across Georgia and 23 different states, as well as from throughout the world. In fact, we are one of the most diverse programs at the University of Georgia. Internationally, students graduating today represent a wide range of countries. Including Nigeria, Kenya, China, Bangladesh, Taiwan, St. Lucia’s, and Vietnam. We’re pleased that these students have come to our College of Public Health to prepare for careers that will improve the lives of individuals throughout the world. So students today, we are here to celebrate your accomplishments. You’re an outstanding group of individuals and we’re very proud of each of you and know that you will represent the college, the University, and all of us well during your careers. It’s our tradition to have two speakers at our graduation: one from outside the university and the other representing the graduating class. It’s my honor to welcome our first speaker Dr. Alan Hillman. Dr. Hinman: Good afternoon and congratulations, graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff. Over the past several years when young people have asked or younger people have asked me for career advice. I’ve said there are four criteria for having a good career. First, find something you like to do. Second, that you’re good at. Third, that helps others. And fourth, puts food on the table And if you meet those four criteria, you’ll have a good career. With the possible exception of being good at what I do, I’ve met those criteria, and I’ve had a good career. But more recently, Mark Rosenberg, who until recently was the CEO of the Task Force for Global Health where I work, has convinced me to add a fifth criterion which if met…if met means you’ll have a great career. And the fifth criterion is working with people you like to work with. I’ve been blessed to work with people I like to work with so I guess I’ve had a great career. I trust each of you will also. Thank you very much. Adrianne Smith: The class of 2017 will go on to be doctors, nurses, health educators, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, environmental health scientists, social workers and policy makers. We can take what we’ve learned in the sense of community with us. We can still find our people. The people who, like all of us, care about a healthier population and even if in a small way want to make the world a better place. So I wish you all good luck and again congratulations on this major accomplishment. Just remember, stay connected with your friends here. Post life updates on Facebook for all of us to like, get your flu shot, and Go Dawgs. Congratulations to the UGA College of Public Health Class of 2017!