A message from Dr. Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, UTHealth President and Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair
As we wrap up the year and enjoy the holiday season with friends and family, I would like to thank each of you for your service to this university and for all that has been accomplished across our campuses in 2014. I also wanted to give a brief update on some recent activities and major events at UTHealth.
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.