Some spent years, some shed blood, sweat, and tears, all gathered memories, and came together for a common purpose–GRADUATION.
The commencement address was given by Daniel Devine, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Compass Knowledge Group. Devine, an entrepreneur, knows what constitutes an effective customer service organization. Nevertheless, he was impressed with the care and treatment his father received during a stay at Florida Hospital. Devine entitled his remarks "Thank You in Advance" and he thanked the graduates for their future service. "You will impact so many lives in so many ways, both large and small, in the years to come," commented Devine.
Devine also shared stories from his colleagues about their exceptional healthcare experiences. He reminded the graduates that they were medical professionals, a title not to be taken lightly. He thanked the graduates in advance for their personal touch, their calm demeanor in tense moments, their smiles given when needed most, and their team efforts to improve the quality of care.
Then came the moment all had been waiting for–the conferral of degrees. More than 600 students were eligible to receive degrees including, 17 Certificates, 187 Associate degrees, and 398 Bachelor of Science degrees. More importantly, more than 600 students chose to make a difference. They made commitments to go above and beyond what they will be called to do. They are extending the healing ministry of Christ.
Spoken like a new graduate, Ashley Skinner (diagnostic medical sonography) stated, "I’m thankful for the opportunity to become an alumnus of Florida Hospital College and a contributing member of society." Skinner’s thoughts seemed to be prevalent throughout the day.
Graduates will work in fields such as nursing, occupational therapy, sonography, and radiologic sciences. However, as College President David Greenlaw pointed out in his charge to the graduates, "Remember it is not a job that you will be hired to do, it is a ministry that you will carry out." Truer words were never spoken. Congratulations to the class of 2009!
Graduates are encouraged to contact the Alumni Office.
Article: Jason Busch
Photos: Werner Kahn Studio