June 21, 2021 — On Saturday, 57 members of the UF School of Physician Assistant Studies class of 2021 crossed the stage of the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, transitioning from students to alumni.
Graduates and their loved ones heard words of wisdom and congratulations from guest speakers, including Colleen G. Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., dean of the UF College of Medicine; Nina Multak, Ph.D., MPAS, PA-C, associate dean and Randolph B. Mahoney Director of the School of PA Studies; and 1997 graduate Lt. Col. John O’Donnell, MPAS, who serves in the Army Reserve. Several members of the class of 2021 also received accolades for academic and clinical excellence.
“When you reflect on your time here, I hope you will remember this day — the energy of being surrounded by your loved ones, the joy of celebrating your classmates, the pride of achieving your goal and the promise of what your future holds,” Koch told the graduates. “You represent the very best of what it means to be a Gator PA, and I wish you continued success and happiness throughout your career.”