2007 Graduation: SMC Has Come a Long Way

Over the past 95 years Samuel Merritt College has graduated nearly 5,000 students.

SMC graduated its first students in 1912. That was the year when the Girl Scouts was created, the first blues song was recorded, and Kazimierz Funk discovered vitamins.

Fast forward to 2007:

Former United States President of the United States president Gerald Ford was buried, Microsoft released their latest Windows operating system, Pirates of the Caribbean 3 became the top box office opener for Memorial Day, and Samuel Merritt College held its 95th graduation, with more than 330 students walking the stage on Friday, May 25, 2007.

The morning commencement began with a welcome and greeting by SMC President Sharon Diaz, Scot Foster, Provost and Chief Operating Officer, and John Garten-Shuman, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services.

The commencement address was given by Dr. Stanley Yarnell, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The legally blind doctor, currently an emeritus staff at St. Mary’s Hospital, addressed the 34 Doctors of Physical Therapy and the 20 Doctors of Podiatry students. He shared four life lessons: know what you don’t know, stay patient-centered, learn from your patients, and the importance of giving back to the community.

In the afternoon staff and faculty honored 335 graduating students from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, and the Master of Occupational Therapy.

Their commencement address was given by educational consultant Tom Brown. The former Dean of Advising Services/Special Programs at Saint Mary’s College spoke about the decision graduate students chose to become health professionals and becoming role models to others and themselves.

“Graduates are now part of the world of health care and they should choose to actualize Samuel Merritt College’s mission by transforming the world of health care, rather than allowing themselves to be transformed by that world, which has increasingly placed making a profit above meeting the needs and expectations of patients, our communities and nation,” said Brown.

SMC extends congratulations to the graduation classes of 2007 for reaching their educational goals through commitment and hard work!

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