Les Hall, M.D.
Dear Graduates of the UofSC School of Medicine Columbia,
Many years ago, each one of you made a choice – a choice that you wanted to better prepare yourself to make a difference in this world. You chose to one day join the ranks of health professionals and scientists who are combatting human suffering and finding new cures. You knew the journey to achieve this goal would be long and arduous, yet you were committed! That commitment and all of your hard work is now paying off.
Over the past few years, you have made it through countless hours of lecture, learning labs, small group discussions, simulation sessions, research projects and/or clinical clerkships. You have taken hundreds of tests or quizzes, dreamed of PowerPoint slides, and recharged your laptop at least 1,000 times. You also have discovered mentors who have transformed your thinking and have made lifelong friends among your classmates.
You have also lived with us through the most unusual year the world has seen in the past century, as society has been turned on its head due to a pandemic. You have adapted how you eat, socialize, study, exercise, and travel. You have wondered at times if you would even be able to complete your education, yet you persevered. As we approach your upcoming graduation in May 2021, we celebrate not only your academic achievements but also your determination and grit. Having made it through the events of the past year, we know that there are no limits to what you will be able accomplish during your career.
We approach Commencement 2021 with great gratitude for your hard work and for the support you have received from family, friends, faculty, and staff. As you prepare to join the workforce or continue your training, we share your expectation that the education you received as a Gamecock has prepared you well to make enduring contributions.
Class of 2021, we offer you our heartiest congratulations. Well done!
- Les Hall
Dean, School of Medicine Columbia