President's Charge to the Graduates

President Dewey

The Charge to the Graduates is the President's final words for the graduating class. It is the last part of the Commencement ceremony.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
May 14, 2016

The opportunities that lie before you are incredibly rich and diverse. 

The changes taking place in the basic sciences, the life science industry, and the health care system are reshaping traditional roles and creating new career opportunities.

In this era of health care, we are seeing an interesting push-and-pull of two opposing forces. On one side, you have the imperative to expand health care access for a broader population. 

On the other side, there is an increased focus towards a more personalized approach to patient care.

Together these very different forces are driving us toward a patient-centric world of health care.

It will be largely up to your generation to reconcile these opposing trends. I am confident that you have the knowledge and abilities to do so. But you must also have the resolve.

Your degree program was not some abstract academic exercise. There was a purpose to the rigor. It comes with an expectation.

Like the alumni who preceded you, it is now your turn to take your education and use it to serve your community. And whether that community is in New York, Vermont, or beyond, you have the ability to help those around you live healthier and happier lives.

You possess a tremendous gift, but it is also a responsibility. It’s up to you to make the most of it. 

I have no doubt that’s exactly what you will do.

Congratulations and best of luck to all of you.