In her speech she encourages every student of Xavier University School of Medicine to be a better version of themselves in their journey as a medical professional.
Below you can find Xavier University Graduation Speech by Aruba's Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes.
'First and foremost, today we celebrate our graduates. In fact, Xavier University School of Medicine Aruba’s first medical graduation ceremony here in Aruba! I couldn’t be prouder of you and of the professors, your families, your guides and everyone that supported you along the way.
Graduating is a big achievement. Some of you have had to overcome obstacles along the way, and then, just as you were about to cross the finish line, the world is turned upside down by a global pandemic. Making your role in our society more visible than any other time in modern history.
Graduates, I am truly excited for you. This is an important moment in your journey. You made it this far, because you are committed to medicine, you are committed to being the heroes your communities so need, now more than ever before. But commitment is not everything. To become a doctor and dedicate to medicine, is to give a piece of yourself every day to other humans. To do this, you have to strive every day to be the best version of yourself.
I’m going to share three thoughts with you today that helped me become a better version of myself, and hopefully they will inspire you or serve as reminders in the next phase of your journey, towards being the best version of yourself.
First, your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied and to do great work is to do what you believe in. To do this, it is important to do what you love, and love what you do.
Second, lead with empathy. Technology and scientific advancements are taking the field of medicine to new heights, and this is great. However, medicine, like most other careers, at the end of the day, is about people. The human aspect of medicine is what connects us. To be an empathic leader or doctor in your case is to take genuine interest in your patient’s lives, and their overall feelings. This is how we connect as human beings and create a sense of belonging, that is so needed today.
And third, whether you realize it or not, by taking up a profession in medicine or health care, you have put yourself in overwatch; you are the guardians of our planet and mankind. This is a special kind of calling. We all learned that circumstances could change overnight, there will be good times, and there will be hard times as you advance through your careers.
Maintain your focus and never forget the reason why you started in the first place.
Congratulations Class of 2021!!"