The University of Mississippi Medical Center presented diplomas to 853 graduates during May 24 ceremonies at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. Image: UMMC

The University of Mississippi Medical Center on Friday conferred degrees to 853 students who are beginning their careers in the health sciences or entering into a new chapter of an existing one in this state and beyond.

The graduates of the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, Nursing, Health Related Professions and Population Health are entering into a new stage of their professional lives. They were recognized during UMMC’s 63rd Commencement at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

Of this year’s graduates, 647 attended commencement and received their diplomas.

“There are just four things that I want you to take with you,” Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, told graduates.

“Number one, this is only the beginning of your learning process. Number two, deal with others and those you serve with a deep respect for their differences.

“Number three, our nation will continue to struggle with ways to care for the sick. You can play a role in finding a solution to this struggle. Number four, you will never practice any health profession well if you don’t have a good time doing it.”

“Those of you who will receive your degrees today and soon begin practicing the healing arts share a common legacy with all who have gone before you, and that is a mark of quality,” said Interim University of Mississippi Chancellor Larry Sparks.

“We’re confident that you’re well prepared for your next steps of training or to assume your responsibility as a health care provider.”

Read more at umc.edu

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