Herman Jones, Ph.D., the associate dean for student affairs and the James H. Little, M.D., Chair in Neurology, was the students' pick for commencement speaker, and his well-known blend of wit and inspiration didn't disappoint.
Employing the technique sotto voce ("soft voice"), Jones not-so-subtly pointed out the class clown, the devoted scholars and the compassionate students who rallied around their peers.
also reminded them of the magnitude of what they had achieved as medical students: 29,744 pages of reading in the first two years alone; daily studying of six to eight hours outside a full day in the classroom; and 13,600 diseases and disorders to master, or at least recognize.
The weight of their work continued in the third and fourth years with an intense clinical time designed to transform knowledge into wisdom and intellectual interest into compassion.
"You, the Class of 2012, have demonstrated the capacity to learn," Jones
"Given the explosion of information in medicine, this will serve you well.
As importantly, you've demonstrated an ability to support, protect and care.
"Yours will be a career marked by great changes in medicine, judging by the dramatic shifts in the last 50 years," Jones