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152 Students Honored at 2019 Bachelor's Degree Conferment Ceremony
More than 150 students were honored at the 8th Annual Conferment Ceremony on May 17, 2019 in the Athletic/Recreation Center’s Bobby Morgan Arena.
The ceremony honors students enrolled in the University’s Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Doctor of Occupational Therapy programs who have earned enough credits to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree. They will return to campus to continue in their doctoral degree programs.
Reggie Showers, a disability advocate and amputee, addressed the students with a message of hope an inspiration congratulating them on choosing career paths that will have a great impact on patients like him.
"It takes extra special individuals who dedicate their lives to helping other people," said Showers to the class of future healthcare providers. "Especially people who are in need and who are in their most vulnerable state. People who are broken and need to be rebuilt. You are those extra special people."
Showers was involved in a tragic electrical accident as a child and had his legs amputated below the knees, but he didn't let that stop him from challenging himself to learn new skills. He ultimately became a world champion motorcycle drag racer, a pilot, inspirational speaker, snowboard instructor and marathoner. He currently works for College Park Industries, a prosthetic foot manufacturer, based in Warren, Mich.
“Speaking as a representative of the disabled community, I can tell you that we need you. We need your skills, we need your talents, we need your gifts, and we need your services,” Showers said.
Peter Ng DPT'21 addressed the honorees on behalf of Samson College of Health Sciences, congratulating his classmates for making it this far and encouraging them to continue along their path to a doctoral degree.
"Today, we are one step closer to our goals," said Ng. "The past four years have laid the groundwork for our careers. It was a long, difficult four years, but we succeeded."
Brooke Witmer PharmD'21 shared some sage words of advice with her fellow students as she addressed the crowd.
"In the end our value is not measured by our degree, title salary, or GPA," said Witmer. "but rather by the lasting legacy of how we have applied our knowledge and skills to help others along the way."
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