‘It is truly a privilege to have Professor Verghese as speaker of the Commencement Speech of this ceremony today. The trajectory of his life, his professional training, and his reputation as a clinician and educator contribute to create a role model that I hope the graduates of the Class of 2023 will be able to draw inspiration from, to reaffirm the importance of medicine at the bedside of the sick, in a unique and uniquely valuable doctor-patient relationship. The fact that he combines his work as a doctor and lecturer with the skills of a populariser and writer capable of meeting millions of readers around the world, serves as a reminder to recent graduates and to all of us, to explore and nurture all the talents and skills we are given to contribute to the development of a richer and more supportive humanity' the Dean of the Degree Programme in Medicine and Surgery ,Giovanni Gambassi, said in his salutation message to graduating students.
Starting from this year, the Class of 2023 inaugurates a new tradition: a special award to two graduates who have distinguished themselves for their charisma, personality and academic merit. The first to the graduating student who has generously donated her time and talents at the service of her classmates and has been a role model for effective leadership and professional behaviour during her six years of study: the newly graduated doctor Isabella Azzaro.
The second honourable mention, and Valedictorian of the graduation ceremony, to the graduating student who has best demonstrated the qualities of academic and clinical excellence and whose exceptional motivation and interest exemplify the ideals of professionalism: the newly graduated doctor Marco Auletta.
'Our sacred tradition goes back to Padua and giants like Vesalius and goes back even before that, of one individual being cared for, healed, and if possible cured, by another individual who has dedicated their life to such care. That is the timeless aspect of medicine I want the graduates to carry in their hearts and minds as they set forth into the world' Verghese said.
A grand final celebration was held, with a joyous 'throwing of graduation caps', for all the graduates, their families and the entire community of Università Cattolica, which today greets the new young doctors as they begin a new journey.