The thirteenth annual University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions commencement ceremony took place on May 16 at 1 p.m. in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.
This year, 261 public health and health professions students received degrees, 131 students were recognized for outstanding academic achievement by maintaining greater than a 3.6 departmental grade point average and 104 students received scholarships throughout their time in the school.
Among the graduates was occupational therapy student Mr. Mobolaji Animashawun. Not only did he graduate with an occupational therapy degree, but the Nigerian native also recently became an American citizen.
[Photo: Dr. Myron Glick, family practitioner, founder and chief medical officer for Jericho Road Community Health Center speaking at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions commencement ceremony]
“This is a very special period for me and my family,” said Mr. Animashawun. “I remember growing up, watching my mother struggle so that my sister and I could have a better life. I’m eternally grateful to God that those days of struggle are over. I’m now a graduate with a master’s degree and recently obtained my U.S citizenship. Happy times!”
This year’s featured commencement speaker was Dr. Myron Glick, family practitioner, founder and chief medical officer for Jericho Road Community Health Center. Dr. Glick and his wife Mrs. Joyce Glick opened the doors of Jericho Road Family Practice in 1997 on Buffalo’s West Side. Their mission is to provide excellent medical care to all who come, regardless of one’s insurance status. In addition to serving patients in the Buffalo community, Jericho Road Family Practice began serving a large number of refugees, many of whom have never been to a doctor or received proper medical care before coming to the States. Throughout its 16 years as a private practice, JRFP has grown to include two sites with twelve medical providers, seeing over 40,000 patient visits per year on the West and East Sides of Buffalo.
[Photo: University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions Dean Jean Wactawski-Wende shakes hand of student as she crosses the stage for the 2015 commencement ceremony]
Throughout his speech to the graduates, Glick reflected on his personal experiences with starting JRFP, and provided encouragement about perseverance, courage and even doubt. He implored graduates to, “Rise above your own doubt…Because if you have courage, you will succeed.”
Dr. Glick received a Bachelor of Science degree from Houghton College, is a board-certified family physician and graduate of the UB School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Lancaster General Hospital in the Family Practice Residency Program and was awarded a fellowship at UB’s Department of Family Medicine in Faculty Development and Primary Care Research. Glick also holds a faculty appointment at the UB School of Medicine. To learn more about JRFP, visit http://jrchc.org/
[Photo: University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions 2015 graduate near the campus’ iconic Buffalo statue]
To listen to the speech by Dr. Myron Glick and to view the complete SPHHP ceremony, visit http://sphhp.buffalo.edu/home/commencement/speaker. To view photos from commencement, visit the SPHHP website and social media outlets. http://sphhp.buffalo.edu/home/commencement