St. George’s University conferred Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees on 114 graduates at its 2012 School of Veterinary Medicine Commencement Ceremony on June 8, 2012. Family, friends and faculty shared in the celebration at Lincoln Center, New York. The graduates represent 11 countries: USA, UK, Canada, France, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Botswana, South Africa, Poland, Venezuela and Brazil. They join 670 other SGUSVM alumni and will now go on to practice in their chosen profession having received an excellent – and AVMA accredited – education at St. George’s University.
Addressing the new veterinarians at the ceremony were Chancellor Charles R. Modica, Dr. Allen Pensick Provost and Dr. Raymond Sis, SVM Dean. Chancellor Modica acknowledged that this graduating class was a large part of the reason the program received AVMA accreditation, “It was a proud moment when we learned of the AVMA approval – and each of you were a large part of this achievement. You helped to make it happen with your enthusiasm and dedication. What you have accomplished is remarkable. We are proud of you.”
Encouraging the graduates, University Provost, Dr. Allen Pensick stated, “Your academic qualifications will help to open opportunities, but beyond that, you must demonstrate your ability to learn and grow in the fields you choose.” He stated that despite being stretched in many different directions, the graduates must learn to rely on their core values to guide them.
The Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Raymond Sis reminded the students that with success comes responsibility. He stated, “I urge you to remember that your success carries with it a grave responsibility for ensuring the welfare of your patients. I charge you to dispatch this duty with the utmost reliability and kindness.”
The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees were formally conferred by Chancellor Modica, followed by the hooding of the graduates by Drs. Ivaldi, Chaney, Corrigan and Lunn.
The four-year DVM program at SGU exposes students to a high quality education in a unique and diverse learning environment. Following completion, students have been licensed to practice in 42 States in the USA and other countries, including Canada, Ireland and Australia. We congratulate the graduates on this great achievement and wish them continued success.