College confers degrees at annual commencement ceremony
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brian Graves, College of Veterinary Medicine, 612-624-6228
Degrees awarded at annual commencement ceremony
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, (May 5, 2008) – The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine presented graduates with doctor of veterinary medicine degrees and graduate degrees at its 57th commencement ceremony at Northrop Auditorium on May 3.
Interim Dean Trevor Ames presented the opening remarks, commenting that “there is no more exciting time in the life of a university than the day we acknowledge our graduates who are set to launch their careers and to make their mark on society.”
University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks presented welcome remarks, and renowed primatologist Jane Goodall gave the commencement address, staying after the ceremony to sign books and pose for photographs with graduates and guests. Mary McKie gave the response for the class of 2008, addressing her classmates and reflecting on the past four years of college. Regent Dallas Bohnsack conferred the degrees on the class, and Dr. Teresa Hershey, president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, administered the veterinarian’s oath. Dr. Jack Risdahl, president of the College’s Alumni and Friends Society, welcomed the students into the alumni organization, and congratulatory remarks were made by Dr. Barbara Brandt, assistant vice president for education in the Academic Health Center.
“Whether you choose a career in private or corporate practice, the military, government, environmental protection, public health, food safety, or higher education, you will have a profound effect on society,” said Interim Dean Ames. “Those who work at the interface of human and animal disease have never been more important.”
Since the College of Veterinary Medicine’s inception 60 years ago, approximately 4,000 students have received veterinary degrees. In addition to the 91 students who received their D.V.M. degrees at the 2008 commencement ceremony, 8 were also awarded M.P.H. degrees, 6 students were awarded Ph.D. degrees; and 4 received master of science degrees.
Recipients of the D.V.M. degree
Samala Van Hoomissen
Recipients of the Ph.D. degree
Teresa Lea Mattila
Maria G. Pieters Silva
Recipients of the M.S. degree
Hyeun Bum Kim
Recipients of the D.V.M./M.P.H. degree
Recipients of the D.V.M./Ph.D. degree
The College of Veterinary Medicine improves the health and well-being of animals and people by providing high-quality veterinary training, conducting leading-edge research, and delivering innovative veterinary services.