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A message from Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences Clay Marsh

Today is a day of transition.

The ending of your School of Medicine journey and the beginning of a new adventure in the workforce, graduate school, or residency and beyond. This is true of every chapter of your life. All endings only open the door to new beginnings.

This moment of celebration is the culmination of years of hard work. It’s a time to celebrate, but to also reflect on the lessons learned in this very unusual year.

As healers and problem solvers, we know the answer to a problem is rarely cut and dry. More often than not, we start by eliminating possibilities and adjusting our analysis and hypothesis to approach the answer.

The search for the answer is the true process of medicine.

It’s the lessons you’ve learned in the classroom, techniques you’ve applied in the clinic, and relationships you’ve developed with your community. It’s knowing you are more powerful working together than problem-solving alone.

It may not seem it right now, but we can feel the groundswell of change and a new energy that many on earth are contributing to. George Bernard Shaw wrote, “You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”

Why not indeed.

Through this series of changes, there are new openings to commit ourselves to collaboration and community. To wholeness and unity. To meaningful change. We are phase shifting from a world of fear and scarcity to one of love and abundance. I believe crisis breedscompassion.

I trust in the training our graduates have received to become not only healthcare providers, but “whole” care providers.

I trust you and your understanding of safety and wellness. But, more over I trust you’ve learned valuable life lessons that will serve you well not only in times of great uncertainty and change, but in the moments when you have time to be and to breathe.

This day of commencement, this day of celebration is such a moment. Be. Breathe. Celebrate.

And don’t be afraid to be the shining light to help others. Change the world, especially for those that you love.

Shine bright and remember, we are your home.

Clay Marsh, M.D.
Vice President and Executive Dean, Health Sciences
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