2017 Global Health Commencement

The Duke Global Health Institute honored 92 students at two global health ceremonies on Friday, May 12, 2017. One event honored 32 graduates of the Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) program and the second recognized 60 undergraduates. DGHI director Michael Merson opened both ceremonies, telling the students, “You have the potential to make a real impact. The world needs you now more than ever.”

You have the potential to make a real impact. The world needs you now more than ever.Michael Merson, DGHI Director

Melissa Watt, director of the Master of Science in Global Health program, encouraged students to seize an opportunity to make history—“an opportunity to define and articulate our values, an opportunity to show up in new spaces and make our voices be heard, and an opportunity to re-shape the work that we are doing.”

David Toole, director of undergraduate studies at DGHI, reflected on a sentiment that’s common to global health students: the desire to “save the world.” “There are times when you should not listen to your parents—or your professors, for that matter,” he said in closing. “We might tell you that you can’t save the world, but we’re counting on the fact that you will.”

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