TROY – Troy University awarded its first doctorates and held one of the larger commencement ceremonies in its history, as approximately 650 students received diplomas in two ceremonies Friday at Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus.
Eight students composed the first class to receive the doctorate in nursing practice. In addition, the first graduates in the College of Education's interpreter training program received their bachelor's degrees Friday..
Orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Dugas, who served as the keynote speaker for both ceremonies, urged the graduates to put their knowledge to use to make progress in such diverse areas as fighting world hunger, strengthening the economy and inventing new technologies to help others. Dr. Dugas, who serves as team physician for the Troy University athletic program, pointed to the progress TROY has made in terms of capital improvements, service to students and new academic programs, such as the doctorate in nursing practice.
"When you came to Troy, you were given a chance to start anew with a blank slate," Dr. Dugas said. "Today you are once again afforded that opportunity, the opportunity to start anew. You can correct old flaws, you can erase previous opinion and you can decide today, right here and right now, that you will be what you are capable of being."