Message to the Class of 2010
The time has come when we welcome you into the ranks of optometric colleagues, of optometric physicians, of colleagues-in-arms. It is my favorite time of year… and for most of you, this week will be one of the foremost memories of your time spent here.
This week is as much about what you have accomplished as a class, as it is about what you have accomplished individually. You have spent four years together. You have forged a special bond with one another that will never be broken. And beyond that special bond, you have cemented the community of Southern College of Optometry through your scholarship, service and leadership.
As you enter practice, you will find that it will continue to be about being there for one another. Just as you have shared the experiences of the past four years, you will share the opportunities and challenges of practicing optometry in the 21st century.
You will find that your friendship will withstand the distance of separation. You will become more aware than ever of that special bond. We have our own vocabulary…we have our own unique way of interacting with one another. You will find that true friends can grow separately without growing apart. As Shakespeare’s Henry V said, “You few…you happy few…you are a band of brothers. That bond you will have for all your days.”
Congratulations to each of you and congratulations to you all…you have been a very special class filled with very special people. You were first-year students when I became the 6th President here. I shall miss most of you a great deal. :)
We celebrate your individual accomplishments…and we celebrate you, as a class, entering this wonderful profession that we love so very much. God Bless You All.