I delivered these remarks to the graduating Physician Assistant Studies class of 2014.
University Presidents relish the opportunity to give a Carpe Diem speech. But seldom does the confluence of events and people make it as relevant as it does today.
You are graduating from a nationally ranked University program that has a 3% acceptance rate, 100% state exam pass rate and 100% career placement achievement. Your class has jobs across the USA and in virtually every medical specialty. You have residencies at diverse and interestings hospital from Jefferson to Johns Hopkins.
At the same time, the world and particularly the health fields are convulsing with the need for your skills and your leadership. Society yearns for the wonderful combination of professional excellent and strong leadership.
I have never been more confident that a class, the Class of 2014, will take the challenge. I don’t want you to Seize the Day… enjoy and celebrate this day… I implore you to Carpe Vitae, “Seize the Life,” heal our people and lead us to a better society.
When you need a rest or a welcoming hug, come home to Philadelphia University and lean on us. On occasion I make ask for a should our caring friend to continue advancing your alma mater.
Congratulations Physician Assistants, 2014.