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Graduates Enjoy Celebratory Commencement Brunch

Brunch attendees enjoy refreshments as they sit out in the college’s courtyard area

Brunch attendees enjoy refreshments as they sit out in the college’s courtyard area.

One day before commencement exercises, College of Health Professions graduates gathered with their family and friends to enjoy a brunch in the college’s open areas and courtyards.

Approximately 350 people attended the May 19 celebration, held just hours before the college’s hooding ceremony.

“We think it is important to hold the brunch because it allows us to come together as a college and celebrate our graduates and their remarkable achievements,” said Dean Douglas L. Murphy, Ph.D.

As students nibbled on refreshments, visited with their educators and friends, and enjoyed live music provided by Cory Fontenot, some reflected on their time at UAMS and what the future holds for them.

Brunch attendees were encouraged to take a college mug to commemorate their time at UAMS

Brunch attendees were encouraged to take a college mug to commemorate their time at UAMS

Mary Elizabeth Crigler, Audiology, is heading to Southern Louisiana where she will be working at an ear, nose and throat practice. “I’m looking forward to helping people with the knowledge that I’ve gained over the past four years.”

Brayden Crump, Ophthalmic Medical Technologies, is finishing up her rotations this summer. She is planning on seeing which rotation she likes best and making her future plans based on that information.

Hilliary Harris, Nuclear Medicine, sees CT certification and perhaps a master’s degree in her future.

Tessa Menchaca, Audiology, is moving home to Wichita Falls, Texas, where she is going into private practice with a neurologist. “I didn’t know that I wanted a private practice. But when the opportunity presented itself, I just said ok. It’s been my motto since I started graduate school to just seize the moment.”

Douglas L. Murphy, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health Professions, speaks to attendees of the May 19 brunch for the college’s graduates, their families and friends.

Douglas L. Murphy, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health Professions, speaks to attendees of the May 19 brunch for the college’s graduates, their families and friends.

George Platt, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, has accepted a job at Arkansas Cardiology in North Little Rock. He and his wife already have one child, with another on the way.

Stephen Pruitt, Dental Hygiene, is from Morrilton and is hoping to stay in the area in a general practice setting or with a periodontist. He urges his fellow students in the dental hygiene program to get involved with the American Dental Hygienists Association because it can really help with making important job connections.

Savannah Whatley, Nuclear Medicine, is moving to Bevans, Texas, and is hoping to find a job near there. She is also considering getting her CT certification. “I’ve really enjoyed the nuclear medicine program. It is incredibly challenging, but so rewarding.”

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