2018 Global Health Commencement

The Duke Global Health Institute honored 100 students at two global health ceremonies on Friday, May 11, 2018. One event honored 42 graduates of the Master of Science in Global Health program and the second recognized 58 undergraduates. DGHI director Christopher Plowe opened both ceremonies, telling the students, “You now have a foundation of knowledge and technical skills to make a difference in the lives of the communities you work with. But more than that, you have your humanity. You’ve shown yourselves to be curious, passionate and committed to social justice.”

You now have a foundation of knowledge and technical skills to make a difference in the lives of the communities you work with.Christopher Plowe, DGHI Director

Melissa Watt, director of the Master of Science in Global Health program, reflected on the role of the graduate students’ values in their growth as global health students: “Your values brought you into our program, they propelled you over the past two years, and they lay the foundation for your next phase as changemakers in global health,” she said. But, she cautioned, while their values should guide them, she encouraged them to “be sure that you are equipped with evidence, with the power of science.”

David Toole, director of undergraduate studies at DGHI, encouraged the undergraduates to continue trying new things and not be afraid to stray from the beaten path. “It seems to me that as global health majors, you have become adept at planning for the future,” he told them, “but you always have to be on guard against a plan for the future that turns out to be an alibi for the present.”

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