It is a long and difficult journey that has now ended.
“A lot of happiness,” Dr. Wale Odulate-Williams, Upstate Medical University College of Medicine graduate, said.
Upstate Medical University hands out 172 degrees to graduates from the College of Medicine.
the dean said they can now go anywhere and do anything, but do it for the right reasons.
“It doesn’t matter in the end how much you earned, or what size your house was, or what kind of car you had, but what difference did you make in the lives of people,” Dr. Julio Licinio, dean of the Upstate Medical University College of Medicine, said.
This year’s graduating class is different from any other in the school’s long history.
It set a record – more African Americans than ever before earned a Doctor of Medicine degree.
“Definitely an accomplishment and I hope that today is just like motivation for those that come behind us,” Odulate-Williams said.
“I feel a great sense of pride, honor. Just have met all of these gentleman. It’s a brotherhood. I’ve made bonds with all of these guys that will last a lifetime,” Dr. Donald Moore, Upstate Medical University College of Medicine graduate, said.
And now, the really hard work begins: being a doctor.
“Really starting off our careers in medicine. Just beginning to start learning what it is to be a doctor,” Moore said.
These graduates are joined by many others.
Several Upstate Medical University colleges graduated.
A total of 462 graduate earned a degree, which included nurses, therapists, technicians and research scientists.