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Boston University

School of Medicine



oston University’s Track & Tennis Center was trans-

formed into a warm and friendly commencement set-

ting as master’s degree candidates received diplomas

Friday, May 19, surrounded by guests, friends, family,

and faculty.

Associate Provost for Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) Linda

Hyman, PhD, presided over Commencement exercises. “We tend

to reminisce on this occasion. When you arrived, we welcomed

you to a place of collegiality, integrity, and the highest academic

standards—and I hope we did not disappoint you,” she told graduates.

Hyman recalled their time at the University.

“There was one very special event that stands out in my mind that

occurred just about a month ago, the March for Science,” she said.

“Boston’s version was so vibrant, so energized, so civil and respectful.

“I was reassured that you are committed to evidence-based, data-

driven decision making and, more importantly, that you are commit-

ted to getting this word out to the public.”

Boston University School of Medicine conferred 354 degrees,

including 29 Master of Arts, 302 Master of Science, and 23 dual

MS/MPH degrees.

Three students speakers reflected on their GMS experience and

the hopes they have for their classmates.

“I am deeply proud and honored to call you my colleagues,” said

Rachel Friedman, who received her master’s in Mental Health Coun-

seling and Behavioral Medicine. “Being a counselor is about wearing

many hats, living many lives, embracing many roles and, at times,

adopting multiple personalities. It’s also about recognizing that what

makes us unique is what binds us . . . and about learning to help oth-

ers by learning to accept ourselves.”

Sarah Manely, who earned a master’s in Medical Sciences, said,

“Our triumphs are not related to some end goal, but rather to how

we faced challenges head on, learned to adapt, and treated the

people around us. This type of achievement is worthy of celebrat-

ing today.”

“Success is often the culmination of a number of failures and

relies less on perfection but rather, learning to deal with those fail-

ures. The ability to learn from your mistakes and redirect your future

is one of the most admirable traits a person can have, and essential

to a person’s success,” said Darren Costello, who received a master’s

in Oral Health Sciences. “So graduates, follow your passion, work

hard at achieving your dreams, and you all will be very successful. I

am so proud that the future of medicine will be in your hands, and so

proud to call you my colleagues and my friends.”



GMS Graduates Urged to Communicate

Evidence-based, Data-driven Science