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D’Youville College Holds Inaugural Fall Commencement

D’Youville College Holds Inaugural Fall Commencement

Celebrating the achievements of its students, D’Youville College held its first Fall Commencement ceremony December 7, in the College Center for approximately 200 graduate and undergraduate students completing their degrees.

View photos from the event.

Conferred were bachelor's degrees in arts, science, and nursing; master's degrees in science and business administration; mental health nurse practitioner certificates presented, and doctorate of education degrees awarded.

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Undergraduate students turn their tassels from left to right, signifying the completion of their degrees.

In her congratulatory remarks, D’Youville President Lorrie Clemo, PhD, gave the graduates one final assignment: “As you proceed to the next chapter of your lives, I encourage you to pick a moonshot … an exploratory ground-breaking project or idea.

“I am responsible for leading a community of scholars, people who are doing well for the world. I am in a position to challenge you — to give you a lasting assignment, one I hope you will embrace. Embrace it, not for the grade you will receive, but for the opportunity it affords you to have a life of meaning and purpose,” she said.

“Think of a problem the world is facing. Who is it affecting? How is it harming society, a community, a loved one? How can you ease someone’s pain? I challenge you to pick an intractable world problem, then pledge to yourself, to the world, to solve it!”

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A student poses with President Lorrie Clemo PhD, while receiving her degree.

“The soon-to-be-built Health Professions Hub on the D’Youville campus is pledged to tackle these problems,” President Clemo said. “But it will take the collaborative help of students, faculty, staff, and partners in the community to make this a reality. The Hub will be innovative, crossing over many issues and ideas – health, wellness, and community.”

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein received an honorary Doctor of Humanities for her myriad contributions to public health. During her remarks, Dr. Burstein said there has never been a better time in Western New York to be entering the medical field, urging graduates to consider a career in public health.

“There are so many unique and interesting opportunities in the health professions today. I know that no matter what area of health care you choose for your career, you’ll be making a difference,” Burstein said. To D’Youville graduates with degrees outside the health sciences, Dr. Burstein urged them to take advantage of Buffalo’s renaissance. “I hope each and every one of you are able to contribute to the revitalization of our region.”

The Salutatory Address was given by Amber Phillippi, a veteran and Physician Assistant student who represented the School of Health Professions. “Treat each day as the first day of the rest of your future. Constantly work to make the next day better than the last, and strive to be the best version of yourself, not the best in the room.”

During the commencement ceremony, members of the Class of 2018 were formally inducted into the D’Youville Alumni Association.


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