Grads Reflect on Collaboration

Grads Reflect on Collaboration

Two hundred thirty-three students received degrees from the University of Michigan School of Public Health last April 29 during convocation ceremonies at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater. Among them were Joy Padilla and Melanie Briones, both MPH recipients, who spoke jointly to their fellow graduates about the meaning of collaboration as they’d experienced it in graduate school: “In some instances, it meant facing the challenge of not meeting eye to eye with group members, while during other moments, it meant meeting a compromise, reaching a consensus so that you could move forward with the task at hand,” they said.

William W. McGuire, MD, chair of the board and chief executive officer of UnitedHealth Group, delivered the commencement address. Robert Wolfe, professor of biostatistics, received the Excellence in Teaching Award, and Marc Zimmerman, professor and chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, received the Excellence in Research Award.

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