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School of Nursing & Health Studies Commencement 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 12 p.m. ET

May 17, 2014 – The CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) told the 463 students receiving bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees from the School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS) that they will find the greatest satisfaction in their careers and lives by positively impacting others.

“Nothing is more gratifying than the feeling of making a positive difference in someone else’s life,” said Alan I. Leshner, who received an honorary Doctor of Science during the ceremony. “Sometimes you may have an impact on very few individuals but the impact will be very significant. Other times, having an impact may be changing a large system in a very small way.”

Leshner, who previously served as director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, added that the graduates’ Georgetown education has prepared them well for a career of service.

“As Albert Einstein once said, ‘It’s high time the ideal of success becomes replaced with the ideal of service,’ ” he said. “And your education here at Georgetown has done a great job preparing you for being of service.”

Caroline Cotto (NHS’14), a human science major, says her time at Georgetown helped her realize the importance of serving others.

“My experiences through programs like Leadership and Beyond Pre-Orientation and Alternative Spring Break have given me the space to reflect on who I am, how I got there, who helped me along the way, who I want to be and how I want to give back,” said Cotto, who will teach English in Taiwan as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. “I know that the value of service and reflection that my Georgetown education has instilled in me will follow me not only in Taiwan but for the rest of my life.”

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