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Class of 2017 Receives DVM Degrees During May 10 Graduation

Posted May 22, 2017

GraduationAuditoriums 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 are.”

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.

GraduationGigEmShe 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 ceremony.

To see more images, visit the CVM Flickr account here.

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