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South Florida Graduates Future Heroes

“Never doubt that a single individual can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has — Margaret Mead,” said Dr. Kay Perrin, interim associate dean for the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

This is one of many graduation-related “charges” issued to the Class of 2018.

On May 6, the COPH hosted two celebrations for graduates and their families. More than 150 undergraduates participated in a morning pinning ceremony, followed by an afternoon event that recognized the academic contributions of 109 graduate students.

“To the parents and friends in attendance today who are still trying to figure out what public health is, don’t fret,” said Dr. Donna Petersen, COPH dean. “My mom still asks me and I’ve been working in public health for more than 30 years!”

Dr. Petersen went on to share that the “World Health Organization defines public health as what we do collectively to improve the health of the population. And, public health is everywhere!”

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