Dr. Bernadine Healy, White House Advisor on Bio-terrorism, Addresses Mount Union College Graduates
May 9, 2004
Mount Union College held its 158th Commencement Ceremonies on Sunday, May 9. Dr. Bernadine Healy, advisor on weapons of mass destruction and bio-terrorism for the White House, addressed the class of 2004.
Healy, who has served as president and chief executive officer of the American Red Cross and as dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health at the Ohio State University, referred to her experience as a physician when she told the graduates that bedside manner is important in any line of work.
"The teacher who spent that extra bit of time with you over the years, the friendly voice at the end of the line when your computer crashes - that is bedside manner at work," said Healy.
Healy encouraged the graduates to have integrity and courage.
"I think we have all seen enough in the news lately to know that integrity must come with courage," said Healy. "You must have the courage to do what is right when you are being tested, not just when it is easy, but when no one is watching, or worse, when you are being ridiculed," said Healy.
Dr. Richard Marriott, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, presented the 396 candidates for their degrees. The graduates were greeted on the platform by Mount Union College President Dr. John L. Ewing, Jr. and Lee Ann Thorn, first vice- chairperson of the Mount Union College Board of Trustees. Senior class president Tiffany Murello from Avon Lake, spoke on behalf of the class of 2004.
At Baccalaureate services in the morning, graduates were challenged to become "bridge builders" by Reverend Neriah G. Edwards, Canton district superintendent of the Ohio East Area of the United Methodist Church.
"The major function of a bridge is to close a gap," Edwards said. "We need bridge builders to close gaps in our societies and in our communities. An undereducated society will come back to haunt us so it is important for college graduates to give back to their communities."