Congratulations to the RUSVM Class of 2020. You did it!
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) celebrated its 54th commencement ceremony on May 16, 2020. One of our treasured traditions, this year’s commencement ceremony was our first-ever virtual ceremony celebrating the 378 DVM and MSc graduates, and their hard-earned achievements. The Class of 2020 joins our network of nearly 6,000 alumni making a difference in communities around the globe and are the true definition of ‘Rossie Resilience’.
RUSVM was honored to have Banfield Pet Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, Molly McAllister, DVM, MPH deliver the keynote address. Dean Sean Callanan, Ph.D., MVB, MRCVS, CertVR, DipECVP, FRCPath facilitated the Recitation of the Veterinarian’s Oath and each graduate was recognized during the Conferral of Degrees. Celebratory videos from the board of trustees, Alumni Action Council and RUSVM faculty, and a video yearbook tribute, with music provided by a local St. Kitts steelpan band The St. Christopher Steel Band, closed out the online event. Click here to access the ceremony.
Commencement is a celebration of not only an ending, but the beginning of a new, exciting chapter in life. This year’s ceremony was a time to commemorate academic achievements, life experiences, and the friendships built as students and colleagues. The event was made even more special with the online involvement of student families and friends cheering them on.
Best wishes to the Class of 2020! Stay strong and stay safe, until we meet again.
#WeAreRossVet #Rossies2020 GALLERY
Dr. Farren Billand
“I’m officially a DVM and I could not be more proud of myself. I cannot wait to continue learning and practicing every day of my career.”
Dr. Anne Marie Yakoub
“I am so proud of not only myself, but the amazing colleagues I am lucky enough to call fellow veterinarians. Class of 2020, the future is bright, and I am so excited for what’s to come.”
Dr. Jessica Crimmin
“My job, my mission, the reason I’ve been put onto this planet, is to save wildlife. Eight years later, and I can finally say, ‘Dr. Jess will see you now!’”
Dr. Mariette Connelly
“10 years as a Vet Tech helped me appreciate the depth and breadth of the field. Countless hours after work spent in school prepared me to apply to vet schools. 3.5 years got me to this day. I am so excited to finally become Dr. Mariette Connelly, DVM.”
Dr. Ciara Peace
“WE MADE IT! These last years have molded us into the doctors we are going to be and there’s a reason they’ve coined the term #RossieResillience. We gained the knowledge and experience we needed to become phenomenal doctors. We gained a new family—our Rossie family. Today, and every day, I am proud to be a Rossie.”
Dr. Jazmeen Suleman
“To my family, friends, and island family, I would like to say thank you for being there for me through this journey. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without you all! Thank you to Ross for giving me the opportunity to achieve my dreams. Living in St. Kitts made me the person that I am today, and I will cherish the memories forever.”
Dr. Andreina Lopez
“I have definitely suffered from imposter syndrome, never thinking I was smart enough to become a vet. I’m very grateful that Ross gave me an opportunity to prove all those doubts wrong.”