“You’re about to embark on the most fulfilling career imaginable,” Guzick said. “You’re going to build the most important relationships of your lives, not only with colleagues but with patients as you care for them and build their trust.”
Capt. Kimberly Toone, M.D. ’97, provided the ceremony’s keynote address and spoke about blending creativity with technical skill, an art she has honed during her 21-year career in the U.S. Navy.
“We’re both scientists and artists. That’s why doctors are the best at problem-solving,” she said.
For Joe Monir and Reesa Lendry, Saturday’s commencement ceremony marked more than the end of their time as medical students. It ushered in a new era for the couple, who will start their life as husband and wife following their wedding this weekend and will begin their residency training at the UF College of Medicine in July.
After the ceremony ended, families gathered around the bubbling fountain for photos and hugs. Monir and Lendry stood with wide smiles in the middle of a large group of loved ones.
“This is the culmination of the last eight years of hard work,” Monir said, “and our wedding is in seven days. It’s an exciting time for us.”
“We’re grateful for everyone who’s helped us along the way,” Lendry said.