Here’s to Your Future, and Good Health

Suppose you could not fail? What would you do?

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, urged the more than 800 graduating students to consider the possibilities as she addressed the crowd at Rush University’s 46th commencement ceremony April 28.

“What would you do if you knew you could not fail? I encourage you to use your story and lessons learned to write your next chapter,” says Montgomery Rice, president and dean of  the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, speaking to graduates from each of Rush University’s four colleges.

Montgomery Rice gave a speech that drew from her vast experience as a leader in higher education, patient care and medical research. Montgomery Rice is the first woman to lead the Morehouse School of Medicine and is a renowned infertility specialist and researcher.

“Graduates, with your graduation comes responsibility. Responsibility to engage with each person in front of you,” Montgomery Rice says. “That’s when you’ll understand the difference between knowledge and learning. Learning is the testing of knowledge that has been gained.”

Take in the sights and sounds of Montgomery Rice’s speech, and all of the joy and excitement of the students, their mentors and their families:

Larry Goodman, MD, president of Rush University; and Thomas Deutsch, MD, provost of Rush University, presided over the ceremony and awarded degrees to students graduating from the University’s four colleges: Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College. They were surrounded by all of the many faculty and staff members at Rush University who work together to provide students with an atmosphere where they can flourish.

Among them was the Reverend Clayton L. Thomason, JD, MDiv, chairperson of the Department of Religion, Health and Human Values, College of Health Sciences, who reminded graduates to “take time to offer thanks to all those who supported you along the way. None of us got here alone.”