The Definition of
Evans, DVM, DACVS, MVMA President
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine’s
graduating class of 2012 celebrates.
The definition of nostalgia: an
excessive sentimental yearning to return to some past period--
my diagnosis for my feelings while attending the 2012 graduation
of the Virginia Maryland Regional Veterinary Medical College on
May 11, 2012.
Even though I did not attend
veterinary school at Virginia Tech, the pride and excitement
within the auditorium throughout the graduation ceremony was
contagious, from both the graduates, as well as the proud,
supportive spouses, family and friends. I am envious of the
Virginia and Maryland faculty’s privilege to relive this
experience each year.
The schoolwide graduation held
earlier in the day at the Lane Stadium had the majority of the
veterinary students in attendance waving their palpation sleeves
while their degrees were conferred. The “rectal sleeve wave”
caused a puzzled expression on the First Lady’s face as she
tried to guess the significance of the “exam glove showing.”
Dr. Tisha Harper, Associate
Professor of Surgery, elected by the VMRCVM Class of 2012 to
give their keynote address, may have lacked the clout of
Michelle Obama, but she did a commendable job advising the
graduates to try and learn from each job experience even if that
job does not seem like the perfect fit.
Dr. Tom Armitage, our MVMA
President, did an exceptional job administering the veterinary
oath to the graduates that eagerly and reverently repeated each
word. I look forward to attending the next VMRVMC graduation for
another dose of nostalgia as the 2013 MVMA president.