A message from Dr. Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, UTHealth President and Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair
Over the past few weeks, I have had the privilege of witnessing each student from all six of our UTHealth schools walk across their respective stage and graduate as new members of their chosen profession. Commencement is that annual recap of UTHealth’s most basic principles; and every year the faces are different, but the pride and the message are the same: “You have earned this, now go and make a difference in someone’s life.” Uniting with families, friends and professors to share our graduates' joy and well-deserved sense of accomplishment is a great moment of pride for all in attendance, and a great reminder of our university's essential purpose.
For those of us who dedicate our lives to health and healing, gratitude is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work. We see it every day when we are asked to bring help and hope to patients and populations,even—or perhaps especially—at the darkest times.
We recently kicked off the year with our annual Salutation celebration welcoming all UTHealth students. It was a wonderful occasion for the deans and students from across our campuses to come together—reminding us all of the unique strengths and unparalleled collaborative potential of this institution. As the deans and I visited with students, we discussed their goals and passion for learning and success in biomedical sciences. I am truly honored to be a part of these students’ academic careers and to witness the contributions they will make in their chosen fields.