Commencement 2018 - Looking Back

Commencement features student speakers who address their graduating class having shared in a wealth of experience together, be it in the classroom, serving local communities, or doing field studies abroad.

Below are reflections from this year's speakers on how they have each grown during their time at TUC.

For the full schedule of 2018 Commencement Ceremonies, visit the commencement homepage.


Golnoush Golshan

Golnoush Golshan
College of Pharmacy
Past President of the Student Government Association

I believe my experience at Touro University has helped me develop into a confident leader. By participating in leadership roles in healthcare organizations, attending community service events, and completing two years of clinical rotations, I have gained the confidence to transition from a student to a healthcare provider. Touro University encourages its students to step out of their comfort zone and pursue challenging goals. My experience at Touro has given me the necessary skills to become a leader in my field and meet all future tasks with confidence.

 

Erin Payton

Erin Payton
Graduate School of Education

How have I grown while at TUC? My work at TUC has taught me persistence, resilience, and personal-accountability in ways that I never could have imagined. I went into my Master’s believing that I was ‘just’ getting a degree, but really it’s so much more than that. It’s an invaluable, humbling lesson to devote yourself to such an achievement, and in addition to a Master’s degree, I‘m walking away with a renewed sense of self and a lifetime of appreciation for my instructors, cohort, and the establishment that helped to get me here. 

Sagar Rana

Sagar Rana
Joint Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Public Health

During my three years at Touro, I have learned to look at life through multiple lenses. I came here to learn medicine, but having been exposed to Public Health just as much has really shifted my perspective. I go about my days thinking about how situations affect health, impact the community, and how they create change for the future. I have grown in many ways at TUC, but I have to say that this institution helped develop my vision.

Kara Lugtu

Kara Lugtu
Master of Public Health Program

TUC is a place to forge your passion for health and the community. During my time at TUC, I learned how to better connect with communities to empower and actively work with them as equals. I met people with the same passion and compassion for public health, making not just professional connections, but also personal ones. Public health is built on the ability to connect with people on a personal level, and what better way to do that than start with your school community?

Brendan Leach

Brendan Leach
College of Osteopathic Medicine

I started this journey not knowing what to expect. And now it’s over, and I am so glad that it is. It’s time to move on to the next chapter. And I still don’t know quite what to expect. But I will be sure to give it my all. Not for myself, not for anyone who’s come before me or who will come after, but for the patient that is right in front of me.

Andrew Lloyd-Flynn

Andrew Lloyd-Flynn
School of Nursing

The knowledge I have gained from TUC has broadened my outlook in both my professional world and in my private life. I used to look at the world through a fixed lens, now I see the world in panorama. Because of this, I no longer exist as a silo in the microsystems of my personal life and professional world. The training I received to become a CNL helped define the differences between management and leadership which has helped me to become a more effective leader in my role as a nurse manager.