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Commencement Marks a New Beginning for School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS) Graduates
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SHMS Commencement 2013"Like the Bible that ends in revelation, or today's graduation that is called a commencement – life is about moving forward … When we graduate from a life event, we begin to reinvent ourselves whether we realize it or not. Here today, we come to recognize these wonderfully motivated women and men who leave the doors of Seton Hall with a toolkit to take on new challenges as they advance their professional lives."  

Keynote speaker and School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS) alumnus Daniel Messina, PhD '05, senior vice president and chief operating officer of CentraState Healthcare System in Freehold, New Jersey, inspired graduates and guests with these poignant words at the SHMS Graduate Commencement and Hooding Ceremony on Saturday, May 18, in the Walsh Gymnasium on the South Orange Campus. The gym was full to the rafters with proud family, friends and faculty. View photos from the celebratory event.

The School's 151 newest alumni comprise Master of Science degree recipients from the departments of Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant and Speech-Language Pathology; Doctor of Physical Therapy degree recipients; and Ph.D. in Health Sciences degree recipients.   

Thirty-one of the graduates also received awards for academic, clinical, research and all-around excellence. Six received the Nicholas DeProspo Award for Outstanding Service, named in honor of the School's founding dean. Two research groups, Physician Assistant program graduates, received the Health Science Research Awards for their presentations at the School's 24th Annual Dr. George Perez Research Colloquium that took place in early May. Twenty-three graduates and four faculty members were inducted into the School's chapter of the Alpha Eta Society for Allied Health, and five graduates entered the Pi Alpha Honor Society for Physician Assistants. Dean Brian B. Shulman, PhD, also presented the inaugural Interprofessional Education Award to two faculty members as well as the Archbishop John J. Myers Outstanding Educator Award in Health Sciences Education. Click here for a complete listing of all award recipients.   

At the ceremony's conclusion, Dean Shulman charged the new graduates to "Never, ever forget that the future of healthcare is here. Never, ever forget that you are a vital member of an interprofessional team that works together, not independently, to make a difference in the health status and, most important, the quality of life for each and every client or patient and their family members."   

Katherine Fink, MS, a graduate of the Athletic Training program, will be one of those difference makers. "I have been forced to think critically and think outside the box," she says. "At first it was uncomfortable, but now, I embrace this way of approaching my job." Fink will take her athletic training skills to the University of Colorado at Boulder, which is within the NCAA's competitive Pac-12 conference. She has accepted an intern position with the men's and women's track and field teams.   

Ph.D. graduate Anne Greener completed her second of three "bucket list" items when she received her doctoral degree this year. She ran the New York City Marathon in 1995 and has yet to travel to the moon, but, Greener says: "Checking off my latest bucket list item [Ph.D.] became an eight-year journey that turned an interest into a passion that I will continue to pursue." Greener's research focuses on Medical Dosimetry education.   

The School of Health and Medical Sciences prides itself on being a place for healthcare students to "learn the art and science of caring." The Class of 2013 embraces this mission and, undoubtedly, will go on to make an impact in their professions and in the world.

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