GRENADA, West Indies, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- St. George's University's Class of 2014 was recognized at their commencement ceremonies this June at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Doctor of Medicine degrees were conferred to over 900 graduates representing 36 countries, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees were conferred to 119 graduates, representing nine countries. They joined over 14,000 St. George's University graduates in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, and other professions and disciplines who have practiced in over 50 countries around the world.
"Even after 12,000 graduates, this never gets old; it only gets more important," said Charles R. Modica, Chancellor of St. George's University during the School of Medicine ceremony. "Congratulations on reaching this memorable milestone. During your time with us, you have persevered and overcome numerous challenges, and in so doing have distinguished yourselves as being worthy of entering the noble profession of medicine."
"Always remember that your success carries with it the responsibility for ensuring the health and welfare of your patients," urged Dr. Timothy Ogilvie, Dean of SVM. "I charge you to dispatch this duty with the utmost reliability and kindness."
St. George's University bestowed Medals of Merit on Dr. Rebecca Smith, SGUSOM '94 and Dr. Elizabeth Louie, SGUSOM '90 in recognition of their dedication and service to the University community. Both have been actively involved as alumni since their graduation and serve as visiting professors in SGU's Bioethics Department every term. Dr. Louie has also been instrumental in raising awareness of autism in Grenada, holding the first autism conference, which led to the start of an ongoing autism project.
At the ceremony, the University also honored Dr. Robert Veatch, Professor of Medical Ethics and the former Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University and Dr. Jay Humburg, former professor in Large Animal Surgery, with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the University.
About St. George's University
St. George's University is a center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies, to its programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, science, and business. St. George's is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. The University's over 14,000 graduates include physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities and repeatedly recognized as the best in the region. For more information, visit www.sgu.edu.
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