Butler COPHS Hooding 2016 | Butler University

[music] PSA: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Clowes
Memorial Hall at Butler University. Before the event begins, we would like to remind
you of certain procedures to follow in order to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone
in the theatre. Please check and make sure all cell phones, pagers, watch alarms, audible
devices and text devices are turned off or silenced. Please refrain from using these
devices during the event. Please take a moment to notice your surroundings. Locate at least
two exits closest to your seat. In the event of an emergency, please walk calmly through
an exit and listen for further announcements. [music] Dr. Graham: Good afternoon. My name is Mary
Graham, I’m the dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and I’m so pleased to
welcome you all here today for the hooding ceremony for the class of 2016 from the College
of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This year we have two graduates from our Master
of Pharmaceutical Sciences program, 50 graduates receiving the Master of Physician Assistant
Studies degree, and 105 Doctor of Pharmacy Graduates. Congratulations to all of our graduates. [applause] Congratulations also to your family and friends
who have supported and encouraged you over the course of these programs. Today is a day
when you have the opportunity to share your accomplishments and joy with some of the individuals
who helped you reach this goal. I would like to ask the graduates to stand and join me
and thanking these very special people who are here with us today. [applause] Of course it’s not just your biologic families
and your extended families and others that are important to you in your personal life
that share these same feelings of pride. Certainly the faculty and staff here at the College
of Pharmacy and Health Sciences feel the same. They’ve shared your journey during your
time at Butler. They’re proud of you, who are you now and who you will become. It’s
a wonderful time for them as they share this important day with you. It’s my privilege
to recognize faculty members who are here today. And I’d like to start with a particularly
important, special acknowledgement and introduction. And that is for Associate Dean, Bruce Clayton.
I’m going to ask Bruce to stand. [applause] We’re not going to let him sit down quite
yet though, because Bruce will be retiring this year after 27 years at Butler University.
And while many of you graduates have personally interacted with Bruce in his role as Associate
Dean, all of the pharmacy students and all of the PA students here have benefited from
Bruce’s work over these years. For example, Bruce was one of the people who helped write
the original proposal to start the PA program, now celebrating its 20th anniversary. And
he was instrumental in bringing the bachelor of pharmacy degree to the doctoral level.
Those things obviously impact all of the students who are in our current curriculum. I could go on and on about all the wonderful
things that Bruce has done, but I really want to add that he has been an amazing partner
as Associate Dean and please help me and thank him again for his years of service. [applause] I’d like to introduce the other administrators
and faculty that are here. Associate Dean Julie Koehler. Associate Dean Bonnie Brown.
All of the Department of PA Studies and their department chair Jennifer Snyder. I don’t
see the whole department standing up. [laughter] The department of pharmacy practice and their
department chair, Jane Gervasio. And the department of pharmaceutical sciences
including the division of health sciences and their department chair Pamela Crowell. Let’s have a round of applause for these
wonderful faculty members. [applause] The college is also fortunate to have many
wonderful staff members. These incredible people do so much to support us and frankly,
all of us on the stage can tell you they make us look good every day. I would ask that all
the college staff members please stand to be recognized. And they’re going to be interspersed
and out there among you. So let’s look around and congratulate and thank all of them. [applause] Finally, I would like to recognize our pianist,
Michael Melbardis, who just finished his sophomore year here at the Jordan College of the Arts.
Thank you so much, Michael. [applause] Well it’s not quite graduation, but hooding
is the last step before graduation. And it’s an opportunity for our college family to celebrate
together. If you want to think of this as before we go to the big dance at Hinkle tomorrow.
At graduation, you’ll hear words like confer upon you with all rights, privileges, and
responsibilities thereto. Of course it’s very exciting to focus on the rights and privileges
that you have earned, and for most that includes the eligibility to become credentialed professionals,
or the beginning of a professional practice, or post-graduate training opportunities. And
certainly, many exciting career choices. But be mindful that with great privileges of course
come great responsibilities. The university strategic plan states that
a goal of Butler University is to educate a graduate not simply to make a living, but
to make a life of purpose, in which the individual is flourishing, is intertwined with the welfare
of others. You are challenged to embody that vision. For those of you who will embark upon
clinical roles, remember that professionals have a covenant with those they serve. The
welfare of the patients must be your top priority. Later in our ceremony, those of you in the
PA and pharmacy programs will recite the oath of your respective professions. Consider carefully
the obligations that you are accepting today. You have the opportunity to make a difference
in the lives of so many individuals that you’ll serve. Never betray that trust in you. In addition, you will be joining a group of
around six thousand alumni from our college, who are in many types of practice and in many
locations. We look forward to formally welcome you into the Butler alumni tomorrow. It’s
now my pleasure to ask Steven Meeks, physician assistant class president to say a few words
regarding the program and present the PA preceptor and faculty awards for 2016. Steven. [applause] Mr. Meeks: Hello everyone. I want to start
off by saying congratulations and thank you to everyone for being here. I’m not just
talking about those graduating this week, but for all the loved ones, family, friends,
and anyone else who may have supported us throughout these years who could not be here
today. Though we, PA students and pharmacy students,
have endured extensively rigor programs that have undoubtedly put a couple gray hairs on
our heads, you have been there for us through all of those ups and downs and supported us,
each and every one of us, every step of the way. You’ve probably seen or heard from
us at our highest of highs and our lowest of lows. You’ve supported us through perhaps
maybe a tear or two when we haven’t done our best, or performed to our expectations.
Or been our biggest cheerleader when we’ve celebrated and exceeded those expectations.
And most importantly, you’ve kept fed. Because honestly, being a student of medicine, we’ve
been pretty broke at times. So thank you, loved ones, students and everyone
here today. Today is as much our day as students, as it is your day as well. To my PA class
of 2016, I stand up here today and I’m supposed to impart words of wisdom and inspire you
all to go on and do great things. You don’t need those words from me. I’ve gotten to
know each and every one of you guys and you’re all exemplary individuals. It’s been my
honor to be the leader of such a fine class. And I can’t help but honor and acknowledge
that you’ve touched every single life of those patients, and faculty, and preceptors
that you’ve met. I can only hope that the future classes of
Butler’s PA program are as supportive and as close as we’ve become together. It could
have been very easy to get caught up in the competitive world of medicine and the dog-eat-dog
mentality, but I applaud you guys, because you’re better than that and bigger than
that and you’ve proven that. That has resulted in one of the most cohesive
PA classes that I feel has graduated from Butler University’s PA programs. I could
not have ever imagined being a leader of such a great group of individuals and thank you
for choosing me to do so. I think it’s easy to say that without each other, the past couple
years we all would have went a little insane. So thank you all for helping us get through.
To all of the COPHS administration, Dean Mary Graham, Associate Dean Bruce Clayton, and
everyone else involved in our success, you’ve believed in each one of us, so thank you.
I hope that the PA program continues to thrive and is supported by future leaders such as
yourself. To Chip, to Professor Guthrie, to Missy, and
to Karen, none of us would have succeeded on rotations without you guys. You’re often
unrecognized and you do so much work, it’s insane. So I want everyone to know of all
the hard work that you guys do. You have completely revamped the clinical education program from
what it was before to the success that it is now. So thank you. To all of the staff, to the professors we’ve
had along the way and to Mary Kay Liverett, we’ve come such a long way and we would
not be here without each and every one of you guys. You’ve truly become our second
family and I mean that. There’s a reason that everyone wants to hire Butler PAs, and
it’s because of you. You’ve provided us with that foundation. Thank you. We promise to live up to the Butler PA name
and we hopefully will continue to make you proud. To Dr. Snyder, our esteemed leader,
you’re a role model for all of us to look up to. I don’t know how you do everything
that you do, being the leader as well as being the PAEA president as well. I speak on behalf
of every single one of us when I say that we’re truly thankful to have met you and
to have been mentored by you. Thank you. I hope that someday we’re able to accomplish
a fraction of what you’ve been able to, because that means we’ll be successful. And finally to the Butler PA program. Congratulations,
it’s your 20th anniversary. It’s because of you that so many bonds, friendships, and
relationships have developed over the past years. Butler’s PA program selects only
the finest individuals who embody extraordinary intellectual capacity, empathy, and who are
passionate. Not just about the career, but about the people and about our patients. So
thank you. I have no doubt in my mind that every one
here will go on to do amazing things. As I said from day one, PA class, you guys are
all rock stars. Now let’s go on and share that with the world. Thank you. [applause] Now it is my honor to present three awards
from the Butler PA class of 2016. The first award I want to present is the preceptor of
the year award. It is presented to Dr. Andrew Nigh. He is a surgeon with IU Health at IU
West in Indianapolis. Unfortunately he couldn’t be here today, but COPHS will accept this
award on his behalf and ensure it’s delivered to him in a timely manner. So please help
me in congratulating Dr. Andrew Nigh. [applause] The second award I want to present is to the
2016 clinical instructor of the year. This award will be presented to Dr. Lauren Rau.
Dr. Rau is a pediatrician with Community Health Network in Anderson. Some of the comments
our students have made about her include, Dr. Rau is always kind and optimistic, interactive
and helpful. I could not have asked for a better preceptor. She was an exceptional teacher.
She’s intelligent and willing to take the time to teach students about practice, evaluations,
diagnoses, and treatments of patients. She’s made all the different in our clinical rotations.
Our 2016 clinical instructor of the year, is Dr. Lauren Rau, and I would like to invite
her to the stage to accept this award. [applause] And the final award I’m going to present
is to the 2016 PA faculty member of the year. Now this faculty member does not know they’re
getting this, so I’ll try to keep the anonymity a surprise. Comments that my classmates have
all made about this faculty member have included: this professor is supportive and encouraging
of all of the students’ success inside and outside of the classroom. This professor has
an incredible ability to simplify complex material and make lectures actually pretty
interesting. This professor is always available for any kind of help we need. And this professor
is always willing to provide advice and take time to get to know the students and really
know them. Finally, this professor is a great mentor, whom I look up to as a role model.
Without a doubt, this professor has made a lasting impression on my education. I would
like to invite the 2016 PA faculty member of the year to come up and receive this award.
The 2016 PA faculty member of the year is professor Chris Roman. [applause] Thank you all. [applause] Dr. Graham: Thank you Steven for your remarks
and the presentation of the PA awards. Now I would like to call up to the stage Daniel
Peterson, the P4 class president to say a few words and present the awards for that
program. Dan? [applause] Mr. Peterson: Good afternoon. Colleagues,
families, friends, and esteemed faculty and staff from the College of Pharmacy and Health
Sciences, the pharmacy class of 2016 has waited a long time for this day. And I am honored
to represent a class that has grown together into tomorrow’s professionals. Throughout
these past four years, six for some of us, we’ve sat through countless lectures, and
to know in our same favorite don’t even think about sitting there seat. We’ve honed our compounding skills in dosage
lab and conquered cluster exams with the help of Starbucks, pizza, care packages, and our
friends, peers, families and professors pushing us to succeed. Everyone else on campus knew
it was clusters week because those weeks always seemed to bring out the flattering fashion
trend of hoodies and sweatpants complimented with bedhead hairstyling and the look of fatigue.
I’m sure our fellow Pas sitting with us today remember their study days and nights
similarly. In fact, I quickly identified who the PA students were as they were the only
students besides us that were in the science library past midnight on a regular basis. While I can proudly stand here today and say
we made it. Yet, our careers as pharmacists and physician assistants has only just begun.
This past year we put what we learned into practice. We moved from one rotational setting
to the next trying to simultaneously decide which career path we would pursue post-graduation.
Now, with jobs on the horizon, we must each honor the oaths we took toward our respective
professions at our white coat ceremonies and will take later today again, and apply them
each day in our practice. Additionally, we must advocate for our professions, work intercollaboratively,
remain life long learners, and always remember that we are not only representing ourselves
at work, but our colleagues, profession, and alma mater too. And we didn’t get to where we are today
alone. We had the continual and unwavering support of family, friends, professors, and
others who sacrificed their time, talent, and treasures to watch and see us succeed.
We must always remain thankful, humble, and strive to pay it forward. Likewise, we must
honor our responsibilities to improve the health of those we are privileged to serve. Now when we started our respective professional
programs, the colleges mantra was to develop and graduate agents of change. And they have
done just that and more. Butler has prepared us well for what lies ahead, and I am confident
that we are ready to join the ranks of other Butler alumni practicing throughout Indiana
and the rest of the country as well. And when we come back to visit campus for Homecoming
or during any other event, Butler University will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Go Dawgs. [applause] And now I have the pleasure to present the
preceptor and faculty awards for the pharmacy program. So our first award is our outstanding
pharmacy preceptor award and the description of this award is it’s given to a preceptor
that is not paid by the university as a faculty member. Students are encouraged to nominate
and provide reasons for preceptors they’ve worked with over the past twelve months. And
today, the winner of the pharmacy preceptor of the year award is Dr. Todd Walroth of Eskenazi
health. Congratulations Dr. Walroth, would you please join me on stage? [applause] Our second award is the outstanding pharmacy
practice professor award. This award is given to a Butler faculty member in the pharmacy
practice department. It is my pleasure to announce that this year’s recipient of the
outstanding pharmacy practice professor award is Dean Mary Graham. [applause] Next, we have our outstanding pharmacy science
award. This award is presented to a faculty member of the science department that students
have had for class throughout the pharmacy curriculum during both the pre-professional
and professional phase. Students are urged to consider the faculty member who have really
made, I’m sorry, an impact on their education. And the recipient of this year’s award is
Dr. Stephanie Enz. [applause] And finally this afternoon, our last award
is the Hegboak award which is presented to a faculty member who most exemplifies a devotion
to the profession of pharmacy and especially a compassion for students, not only in the
classroom, but in their personal lives as well. It is awarded to any faculty member,
but that faculty member, it must be given to a person who is also a pharmacist. So this
year, the Hegboak award is proudly presented to Dr. Lindsay Saum. [applause] And finally, I would like to ask Steven Meeks
to join me at the podium. Steven and I, as representatives from the college of pharmacy
and health sciences graduating classes of 2016, would like to recognize Dean Mary Graham
and Associate Dean Bruce Clayton for their years of service and dedication to the college
for students. Thank you. [applause] Dr. Graham: Okay, a few deep breaths. Thank
you Dan, thank you Steven. Thank all of you. I know I speak on behalf of Bruce and I, we
so appreciate that. Alright, now we’re to the main event. We’re
getting ready to hood people, so. Of all the pieces of academic regalia, the hood tells
us the most about the accomplishments of the wearer. The hood varies in size based on degree.
The trim color is reflective of the subject to which the degree pertains. Hoods used by
those individuals obtaining degrees in pharmacy and health sciences have a green trim. And
at graduation, you’ll notice a variety of colors of hoods of various majors at the university.
Hoods are lined with the official color of the university conferring the degree. The
inside lining is folded outward down the back to expose our school colors, blue and white. It seems most appropriate at this college
specific event, that we use the symbol, the hood, to declare that you deserve to wear
not only the colors of Butler University, but the colors of your profession or field.
We applaud you in this internal event today and are proud that you will be wearing our
colors publicly at graduation tomorrow. Some students will also be wearing program
specific cords, dealing with accomplishments they have achieved. PA cords of teal and grey
are worn by some of the PA students, which signify their recent induction into Pi Alpha,
the national PA honors society. Rho Chi cords, purple and white, indicate membership in the
pharmacy academic honor society. And Phi Lambda Sigma, yellow and green cords, for membership
in that group, which is a pharmacy leadership honors society. At this time, I’d like to reintroduce Dr.
Bruce Clayton, Associate Dean, who will be presenting students who are receiving hoods. Dr. Clayton: Good afternoon again. What an
honor this is to be announcing the names of our candidates for graduation. We are proud
to have two students graduating with the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program
this year. Please come to the stage as I call your name to be hooded by Dr. Sudeep Das. Our first candidate is Nikeeta Kheradia. Rukmini Ladi Thank you Dr. Das. [applause] And now I am honored to call the names of
our Master of Physician Assistant Studies graduates. Helping me on stage first will
be Dr. Samuel Gurevitz will help with the hooding. And as class president, Steven D Meeks. Mary F Broadhurst Kristin L Burton Todd L Carrigan Lacey N Christian Stacie K Copple Alisia C Curran Jaclyn M Demeter Jaclyn was initiated into the Pi Alpha honors
society this spring. J Michel Elsasser Erika L Evers Alexander J Felt Claire M Fullenkamp Kelsey L Futter Thank you Dr. Gurevitz. Will professor Jennifer
Guthrie join me on stage please? Nicole E Gentry Audrey A Gleason Jessie L Grostefon Haleigh T Hanson Abigail W Higgins Riley Jo Hoffman Elissa C Hornick Chelsy B Hubbard Mallory C Huser Christopher M Jackson. And Christopher is
also a Pi Alpha initiate this spring. Victoria A Johnson Kelly M Kyle Heneicia Leflore Thank you professor Guthrie. And would professor
Kali Veness come forward please. Carissa Libbenga Christine M Lissy Rachel E Madura Laura Marquez Jamie M Mulrow Kimberly B Neidigh Alyssa K Nishihira. Alyssa is also a pi alpha
initiate this spring. Ana C Peterson Kacie Piedmonte Sarah E Rooksberry Tess M Rudolph Jaclyn Ann Selders Emma J Sprague Thank you professor Veness. Will professor
Daniel Sturm join us on the stage please. Chelsea F Stephan Carrie E Stephens Leah D Stevens Anna L Takala with Pi Alpha honors Andrew P Terhune Natasha R Theiring Opkardeep K Tut Emily A Vanasek Kristen A Veldman Erin E Wehrheim Jadyn L Yarling Thank you Professor Sturm. [applause] Let me invite professor Jennifer Zorn to lead
the physician assistant students in the oath of the physician assistant. I invite any physician
assistants on stage or in the audience to also stand and recite the oath. Pr. Zorn: Upon my entry, actually if you will
say it along with me this time. It’s not the white coat. Upon my entry in the physician assistant profession,
I pledge to perform the following duties with honesty, integrity, and dedication, remembering
always the paramount important to be the welfare of my patients. I will be diligent and understanding,
both my personal capabilities and my limitations, striving always to improve my medical practice.
I will actively seek to expand my intellectual knowledge and skills, keeping abreast of advances
in medical art and science. I will respect my professional relationship with the physician
and act always with the guidance and supervision provided by that physician, except where to
do so would cause harm. Further, I will uphold the principles of the physician-led team practice
of medicine. I will treat equally all persons who seek my care, regardless of race, gender,
religion, nationality, political or socioeconomic status. I will uphold the tenets of beneficence,
nonmalfeasance and informed consent without fail. I will hold in absolute confidence the
information shared with me in the course of practicing medicine, except where I am authorized
to impart such knowledge. And I will educate to the best of my ability any student entering
this noble profession. This is pledged with sincerity and on my honor. [applause] Dr. Clayton: And now it is my honor to present
the doctor of pharmacy students for hooding. Let me ask first Dr. Kim Beck to come on stage
to participate in hooding. And class president, Daniel Peterson is our first recipient. Tanya Abi-Mansour Thomas A Alvey Sandra R Bai Madeline Barga Matthew J Bills Allison N Boyd Lauren E Brodeur with high honors in pharmacy Candi M Cain Ryan D Carter Samantha F Chapin Alexis S Clark Kelli A Conner Thank you Dr. Beck. Would Dr. Megan Bodenberg
join us on the stage please. Grant A Cooper Hanna A Corey Timothy R Cosman Alexander J Coulter Adam N Dobis Samantha J Dudman Thinh T Duong Joseph T Dunn Grayson D Eckert Thomas W Fehn Sarah A Ferry Sarah E Fitzpatrick Thank you Dr. Bodenberg. Would Dr. Jeanne
VanTyle join us on the stage please. Alexandra E Foster with highest honors in
pharmacy Derek T Getz Jessica R Giaquinto Alison M Goodman Kayla M Goodwine with honors in pharmacy Dragana Grbic Eric R Gregory Allison L Gritzmann with highest honors in
pharmacy Andrew M Hardiek Jenna M Hebbe Caroline E Hedrick Cory Hellems Thank you, Dr. VanTyle. And now would Dr.
Lauren Czosnowski join me on stage. Lauren S Hirons Lindsey J Hodgen with high honors in pharmacy Rachel Richardson Hoffman Whitney McGillum Hooten with honors in pharmacy Brian A Howard Lindsey M Hutnick Lauren M Iles Kathryn E Keirn Katrina A Kieffer Alyssa A Kmet with high honors in pharmacy Kaci E Kreilein Sara T Kursenoski with honors in pharmacy Thank you Dr. Czosnoski. And will Dr. Stephanie
Enz join us on stage please. Matthew M Krzywosz Jennifer Lamonica with honors in pharmacy Alexa P Lankhaar Brittany E Larson Erica K Little Brooke A Maag Abbey G MacAllister Daniel P Makutonin high honors in pharmacy Kristina M McAtee Alexis Merkley Gregory L Miller Steven R Miller Zachary T Moon Katherine D Morrow Lauren E Need Nicholas E Neulieb Krista M Noll
with high honors in pharmacy Stephanie M O’Brien Amber M Ordaz Radha M Patel Ainsley P Paton Emily A Persohn Morgan K Peterson Molly J Radford Thank you Dr. Enz. Dr. Dennis Gardner, would
you join us on the stage please. And approaching rapidly is Ian J Ray with
honors in pharmacy Kelsa L Reynolds Meghan M Robbins Lauren E Rohan Seth F Schmitt Phillip R Schroeder Thank you Dr. Gardner. Will Dr. Alex Erkine
join us on the stage please. Alexandra K Scott Austin D Smith Cole R Smith Andrea N Stark Rachel N Steele with highest honors in pharmacy Nichole R Szczerbowski Maggie R Thomas Anthony Ton Thank you Dr. Erkine. Dr. Jessica Wilhoyte
will you join us on the stage. Hannah M Townsend Andrew Tran, I’m sorry, Matthew S Tran.
My error. Jamie R Urbanik Anna L Ventimiglia Nicholas Vermillion with high honors in pharmacy Paige E Watkins with honors in pharmacy Rachel C Wilden with high honors in pharmacy Lindsey J Will Daniel J Williams Kari J Wisher Leslie Hersberger Wooten with high honors
in pharmacy Wesley R Wright Wenjing Yin Evan D Zahn Thank you Dr. Willhoyte. A round of applause
for our pharmacy candidates. [applause] Before I call our next speaker, I’d like
to take the presence of the microphone here just a moment to thank you all for the wonderful
accolades you’ve bestowed upon me today. Tremendous thanks to Dean Graham, outstanding
faculty, and awesome students in both pharmacy and PA. I say thank you so much. Little adage
for you, you know that if you see a turtle on a post, you know the turtle didn’t get
there by themselves. Neither did this turtle. Thank you all. [applause] I’m pleased to introduce Dr. Rich Bergstrom.
Dr. Bergstrom is a Butler alum and a faculty member. And he will guide the pharmacy students
in taking the oath. I invite any pharmacists on stage or in the audience to also stand
and recite the oath. Dr. Bergstrom: Oath
of a pharmacist. I promise to devote myself
to a lifetime of service to others through the profession of pharmacy. In fulfilling
this vow, I will consider the welfare of humanity and relief of suffering my primary concerns.
I will apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to the best of my ability to assure
optimal outcomes for my patients. I will respect and protect all personal and health information
entrusted to me. I will accept the lifelong obligation to improve my professional knowledge
and competence. I will hold myself and my colleagues to the highest principles of our
professional, moral, ethical, and legal conduct. I will embrace and advocate changes that improve
patient care. I will utilize my knowledge, skills, experiences, and values to prepare
the next generation of pharmacists. I take these vows voluntarily, with the full realization
of the responsibility with which I am entrusted by the public. [applause] Dr. Graham: One of the things that’s always
interesting about graduations is some of the things that people might do. Put things on
their hats and do other kinds of things to kind of distinguish themselves. Or during
the ceremonies, especially in very large graduations, some places other than Butler, when you don’t
get to come up individually, but maybe your whole class gets to stand up and that’s
all there is. I’ve had the opportunity to go to a couple of those graduations and I’ve
been interested to find that the students who are sitting there for maybe hours at a
time might do something to distract themselves. And I know at least one graduation with one
of our children, I found out that there was such a thing as graduation bingo. And so what
the students were doing, soon to be graduates, imagine a bingo card, but instead of the B-I-N-G-O,
and instead of things like B1 and G13, there were things that were listed as, in the squares,
things that you might hear during commencement. And so when somebody would say something like,
commencement or whatever, you could go, Oh I have that square filled. I was always a
little worried that somebody during one of these large commencements was going to go
Bingo! when they got all these words. So there’d be things like diploma or honors
or recognition or tassels or valedictorian and themes like world, career, challenge,
opportunity, change, responsibility. One of the things that I suspect you wouldn’t probably
see in graduation Bingo would be retirement. Now, of course, in this, not a graduation,
but in our private ceremony, we’ve been talking about some retirements here, so that’s
a little different. But, I’d like you to think, you that are graduating tomorrow, think
about your own retirement. At a recent event, celebrating the event of a long career, a
speaker mentioned the honoree had never spoken a negative word about anyone, even when others
were venting or complaining. This individual was tremendously successful in a very competitive
field. What a power statement to never have spoken negatively about someone. That pattern had to start at the beginning
of a career. Thus the connection to today. How do you want to be recognized and remembered
over the course of your career? Always professional? Learner? Servant leader? Patient advocate?
Collaborator? I’m sure some of you have been thinking
about retirement planning even now as being a financial endeavor. But I would ask you
to think about these other aspects as well. You only have one opportunity to start the
career that is linked with your new Butler degree. And there are things you would like
to have people probably say about you during your career and at the end of your career.
So I would ask you to make that commitment today, in the midst of thinking about all
these other things, think about how you really want to be recognized years from now. And
of course we hope to support you in that. So as I prepare to leave my position as dean
of this college, of course I’ve been reflecting on a lot of things in my ten years here at
Butler. So proud, I’ve been to be proud of this great organization. Of course, the
most important outcome of our efforts is the preparation of the amazing graduates who are
here and honored today. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute
to your education here at Butler. My best wishes to all of you as you begin
the next phase of your career. We’re proud of you and look forward to making things official
tomorrow at Hinkle Fieldhouse. This concludes our ceremony and I would ask you to remain
in your seats until the platform party processes, but I hope that you’ll come and join us
over at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for some light refreshments. And
we certainly want to thank you for being here today on this special occasion. Go Dawgs! [applause] [music]

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