Here we are at another commencement ceremony in which we usher students across a threshold to a new stage in their life. Many of our faculty have attended more than 20 of these graduation celebrations over the years. It is the time that faculty and students reflect on the educational journey and celebrate accomplishments.
While at Nazareth, students have worked closely with faculty in courses and clinical experiences. The bond that develops from extensive individual mentoring often lasts well beyond graduation. I still keep in touch with students that I taught when I first came to Nazareth in 1991. Watching them grow as professionals has been a real joy for me. Students should never hesitate to let their teachers know how they are doing out there in the real world. We remember our students and love to hear from them.
This year 250 students from the School of Health and Human Services will receive either undergraduate or graduate degrees. It is a special year for our Department of Physical Therapy for they are graduating their first class of students earning the Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree.
Congratulations to our SHHS graduates. I wish you all much success and happiness in the next stage of your life. I know you will be competent, compassionate, and collaborative professionals.