John H. Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA Dean, UTRGV School of Medicine Executive Vice President, Health Affairs
On behalf of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine family, I want to congratulate the class of 2021.
During this unprecedented time, you have faced unique challenges to become a physician in the time of a pandemic. Each of you should be recognized for overcoming this unique hardship. As a UTRGV School of Medicine graduate, however, I am confident that you will successfully conquer any hurdle that comes your way in the future.
Throughout your past four years as a medical student, you have had to work diligently in your classes and clinical rotations. In addition to these efforts, however, you have also had to navigate a world in the time of COVID-19. I know that arriving here today at graduation was no easy task, and I commend you for your dedication and hard work.
This Class of 2021 is filled with talented students from the Rio Grande Valley, the state of Texas, and across the country. You each reflect UTRGV’s mission-driven efforts in providing educational opportunities, quality healthcare, and cutting-edge research right here in our own backyard.
As a UTRGV School of Medicine graduate, I hope that you carry with you the life lessons you have learned here as you embark on the next chapter of your life. Never forget the sacred oath and commitment you have made to provide your patients with the utmost respect, compassion, and quality healthcare throughout your careers, irrespective of their status in life, their station, or their ability to pay.
I would also like to take a moment to thank the families and friends who provided our medical students with the support and incentive they needed to finish their degrees during a very tumultuous time in our nation. They could not have succeeded without your support.
Finally, I would like to give a special thanks to the dedicated UTRGV School of Medicine’s faculty, staff, and administrators who guided our Class of 2021 through its medical school journeys. You can now witness the collective hard work and dedication come to fruition as the members of this class receive their respective degrees. Congratulations to all!
Message From the Dean
John H. Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA Dean, UTRGV School of Medicine Executive VP, Health Affairs