Spring 2003 Graduation: A Celebration of Dreams
The weather was beautiful, the graduates nervous, and family and friends
were beaming with pride. Spring graduation showcased the traditions of
the University and the long history of ceremony surrounding academic achievement,
while celebrating the accomplishments of undergraduate students, graduate
students, and graduates of the Professional Veterinary Medical Program.
For the first time in the College's history, the hooding ceremony of
PVM graduates was separate from the graduation ceremony, allowing each
occasion the full recognition appropriate. At the hooding ceremony, Dean
Perryman gave a history of the academic regalia. The next morning, PVM
graduates received their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. The 134
graduates represented the College's 96th graduating class in the history
of the professional veterinary medical program at Colorado State University
and bring the total number of graduates with DVM degrees to 5,869. Dr.
Christopher Morris, President of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association,
administered the veterinarian's oath.
Following the PVM Commencement activities, graduation ceremonies were
held for graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Environmental
and Radiological Health Sciences, and the Department of Microbiology,
Immunology and Pathology. Dr. Herbert P. Schweizer, a professor in the
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology was the commencement
speaker. Dr. Anthony Frank, Vice President for Research, conferred the
degrees. This spring, the College conferred degrees to 60 undergraduate
students (48 in microbiology and 12 in environmental health), and 24 graduate
students (Anatomy - 1 Master's, 1 PhD; Clinical Sciences - 1 Master's,
3 PhD; Environmental Health - 4 Master's, 1 PhD; Microbiology - 1 Master's,
3 PhD; Physiology - 5 Master's, 3 PhD; and Radiological Health Sciences
- 1 PhD) .