A lifetime of hard work, dedication and determination has brought each of you to this pivotal moment in your life. Congratulations on a job well done!
I encourage you to celebrate this achievement with all those who helped you reach this extraordinary milestone — family, friends, fellow students, and mentors.
This was an especially challenging year as the University carefully navigated the pandemic and you showed great resolve and courage in completing your academic and clinical work. You make WesternU proud even as the pandemic etched its place in your educational experiences and in world events.
Commencement is the acme for our entire University. We celebrate the effort and success of some 1,000 students poised to join their colleagues among the health professions. We revel in the joy and excitement of our graduates, their families and loved ones, and the entire WesternU community who supported you along the way.
Your education prepares you to enhance and extend the quality of life in our communities. The protection and improvement of public health is “what we do.” There is no better testament to our mission than forgoing a treasure for the greater good.
The Class of 2022 exemplifies all the qualities that make WesternU a special place, and your institutional legacy is assured to be forever known as the senior class that persevered through a worldwide pandemic. The Class of 2022 is also especially dear to me as my first graduating class as President!
But your journey continues. Commencement celebrates the important end to one part of your education, but it also means “a beginning or start.” You will learn a great deal more as you take your place among the healers of the world, with all the opportunities and responsibilities this brings. Your skilled hands and compassionate hearts will help foster wellness for individuals and communities the world over.
I am honored to officiate — and celebrate — this Commencement with you. I very much look forward to hearing of your many accomplishments as one of our alumni.
Again, congratulations for your attainments today and for the bright future.
Robin Farias-Eisner, MD, PhD, MBA
President, Western University of Health Sciences