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Texas A&M: Graduating Public Health Senior Gives Commencement Address

From Broad Street Society trailblazer to commencement speaker, Ms. Emma Watson credits academic success to opportunities within her reach at School of Public Health

Ms. Emma Watson graduated from Texas A&M University at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She was selected by the university for an honor few students ever receive, to give the commencement address as her fellow classmates and other college graduates prepare to turn their Aggie Rings to face the world.

Broad Street, a nickname stemming from the street in London that was once home to the pump that began the study of epidemiology, is an honor society open to a small number of high-achieving undergraduate students majoring in public health. Students work under Dr. Don Curtis, assistant dean of undergraduate studies, and engage with interactive faculty lectures, the examination of literature related to public health and exposure to international experiences. Students are selected based on a holistic view of high school achievements and begin the program during the fall of their freshman year.

“I was lucky enough to be a part of the inaugural Broad Street class,” Ms. Watson said. “During the program, we were able to visit London and saw the actual Broad Street pump, which is where the study of public health began. The program charged me with researching the history of a nation I knew little about and provided me with a small community and involved faculty members to guide my inquiry.”

According to Ms. Watson, programs such as the Broad Street Society are one of the many reasons why she found a home within the School of Public Health. While Texas A&M’s campus consists of roughly 70,000 students, Ms. Watson said the School of Public Health makes Aggieland feel smaller, which she liked.

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