Class of 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jan Williams, College of Veterinary Medicine, 612-624-6228
College of Veterinary Medicine Graduates Class of 2005
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL, (May 9, 2005) – Seventy-eight members of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine’s class of 2005 were awarded their doctor of veterinary medicine degrees at the college’s 54th commencement ceremony at Northrop Memorial Auditorium in Minneapolis on May 7.
At the College of Veterinary Medicine's 54th commencement ceremony, University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks welcomed the audience to the graduation ceremony. Dr. Bonnie Beaver, American Veterinary Medical Association president, addressed the members of the class of 2005. Dr. Beaver received her bachelor of science degree in 1966 and her doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1968 from the University of Minnesota and is a faculty member at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine in College Station, Texas. The student response speaker, Dave Antenucci, addressed his classmates and reflected on the past four years of college. Barbara Brandt, Academic Health Center assistant vice president of education, gave the congratulatory remarks, and the College’s Alumni and Friends Society President Lorna Reichl welcomed the students into the alumni organization. Regent Patricia Simmons conferred the degrees on the class.
In addition to the 78 students who received their D.V.M. degrees, 11 students were awarded with Ph.D. degrees, six with master’s degrees, two with D.V.M/Ph.D degrees, and four with D.V.M./M.P.H degrees.
Dean Jeffrey Klausner gave the closing remarks, stating “The education you received at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine will open many doors to impact the lives of animals and people. Whether you choose a career in clinical practice, public practice, the military, industry, or higher education, you will have a profound effect on the health and well-being of millions of humans and animals. From ensuring the safety of our food supply, protecting us from infectious disease, and enhancing our well-being to conserving wildlife, veterinarians have profound influence on the quality of our lives.”
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