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Cynthina Huffine Speech - Commencement 2012

Commencement 2012 Cynthia Huffine

Cynthia Rosemarie Huffine
Address to the Class of 2012, College of Nursing and Health Professions and the School of Public Health

We are here today as graduates from one of the finest universities in the country. We thank you professors for guiding our minds so patiently, the teaching assistants for standing by us, the administrative staff for helping us, our friends and families for supporting us through this exhilarating journey, and also each other for making it fun. And I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t thank my husband who I’m madly in love with, and most of all, the good Lord for bringing us this far with the possibility of much more. Now we have their proud blessings to go out into the world and spread the news that ‘Hey, there’s a new Drexel Grad in town?’

So, fellow graduates... now what? We've worked hard, gained so much knowledge, but where do we go from here? How do we use what Drexel has given us? Well, this is health care. And health care, when you think about it, is an art form. Art is an expression of beliefs, and we believe in healing. Art can provoke emotion, and recovery is certainly an emotional experience. Art is motivational and inspirational, and patients are often moved to become healthy and stay healthy (or at least we should hope so). In health care, everyone has their own style in regard to how they administer care. Each style is unique, personal, and says a lot about the heart of the person who uses it. The same could be said about painters, musicians, writers... artists of all types. We should be able to count ourselves among them, then. We are artists. And healthcare is our art.

So what does this mean for us then? Well it might mean that, technically, Drexel is an art school. (Kind of makes you re-think those tuition payments, doesn't it?) But more importantly, it means we can rethink our ideals and our path in life. If we are artists, let's throw ourselves whole heartedly into everything we do. People out there don't just want new grads, they want Drexel grads to inspire them from the first day on the job. They want to know what we have learned because we are just that well prepared. Let's not shy away from that, let's step up to that challenge. We don't just think outside the box you know, we have a much bigger box!

Drexel has planted the seed of knowledge and art in us. It is up to us to nourish it and make it grow. Whether we focus our paths into more doing or learning, let's show the world exactly what we're great at, helping others. You owe it to yourselves to use everything you have to become the person you want to be, a person YOU can be proud of. So I challenge you my friends, to do your best work and be proud of it. Now, go forth and create!