Class of 2017 Receives DVM Degrees During May 10 Graduation
Posted May 22, 2017
Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine candidates celebrated the culmination of four
years of hard work on Wednesday, May 10, during the Spring 2017
commencement exercises in the J. Earl Rudder Auditorium.
Class president Betsy Helbing Garza and Dr. Eleanor Green, the
Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine, greeted the 132 DVM
candidates during ceremony, offering an invocation and official
welcome, respectively. Greetings also were offered by Charles W.
Schwartz, member of the Texas A&M University System Board of
Regents, and Porter S. Garner III, president and CEO of the Texas
A&M Association of Former Students.
During the commencement address, speaker Christine A Stanley,
’90, vice president and associate provost for diversity and
professor of higher education in the Texas A&M University
College of Education & Human Development, encouraged graduates
to reflect on the part of the Veterinarian’s Oath regarding the
“lifelong obligation in the continual improvement of my
professional knowledge and competence.”
“Professional knowledge and competence also imply the ability to
operate successfully within a context-dependent nature of your
professional practice,” Stanley said. “The possibility of working
across cultural and social contexts; lifelong learning about
yourself, others, including your clientele; exploring your
emotional intelligence; working through conflict––are central to
professional knowledge and competence.
“This is compassion, care, regard, concern, friendliness,
kindness, sympathy, unselfishness, and humanity,” she
said. “Love, not hate, class of 2017, is who Aggie veterinarians
Stanley served on the presidential task force to develop the
first Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity
Officers, commissioned by the National Association of Diversity
Officers in Higher Education, which was published in the Journal of
Diversity in Higher Education in 2014. She also has edited two
books; has more than 40 publications and 51 refereed national
conference presentations; and has consulted nationally and
internationally on faculty development issues in the United States,
Armenia, China, Mexico, and South Africa.
She is the 2000–2001 recipient of Texas A&M
University’s College of Education Development Council’s Outstanding
New Faculty Award. In 2004, she received the Robert Pierleoni
Spirit Award from the Professional and Organizational Development
Network in Higher Education for her leadership efforts in diversity
and faculty professional development.
The Jamaican native holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from
Prairie View A&M University, a master’s degree in zoology from
Texas A&M University, and a doctorate in curriculum and
instruction from Texas A&M University.
During the ceremony, DVM candidates also received their doctoral
hoods and took the Veterinarian’s Oath, committing themselves to
using the skills they acquired in school for the benefit and
protection of animal health and welfare.
Top graduates in the DVM program included Jessica Rosalind
Czerny, Emily Faith Hobson, Nicholas A. Kiefer, Lauren Mary
McAllister, Alicia Kaye Nye, Brittany N. Schlesener, Chloe Bethan
Snell, and Brittany Michelle Thompson.
Twenty-five students graduated with Magna Cum Laude
honors, for students with grade point averages of 3.7 to 3.89, and
twenty-three graduated with Cum Laude honors, for those
with 3.5 to 3.69 GPAs.
A reception was held in the John ’74 and Debbie ’76 Bethancourt
Family Grand Ballroom of the Memorial Student Center following the
To see more images, visit the CVM Flickr account here.
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