On May 6, faculty, students and supporters of the College of Public Health marked the college’s 49th graduation ceremony in the packed Liacouras Center. College Dean Laura Siminoff said in her opening remarks that the 1388 graduating students represent the best of Temple University. “It should make us all extremely proud that our students are focused on professions that represent the highest ideals of service to others,” she said.
Celebrated public health leader Estelle Richman gave the commencement speech, encouraging new graduates to take the road less travelled in their public health careers. “Our stand on risk-taking defines us,” she said, noting that for public health research and practice, the road that is less travelled—but ultimately more effective—is one that transcends silos and seeks collaboration across disciplines. “As you achieve your goals,” said Richman, “remember that you never do it alone.”
Students also spoke to the power of their CPH education. Beth Chalick-Kaplan, who is graduating with a doctor of nursing practice, spoke at the college’s graduation ceremony. And Dean Siminoff applauded Yanna Savkova, who has earned her BS in nursing, for being selected as the student speaker at Temple’s general Commencement Ceremony on May 7.
Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the ceremony. Congratulations to all 2016 graduates of the College of Public Health!