Sarah Craig | August 4, 2014
On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Heath held its third Commencement Exercise, graduating 17 students with the professional degree of Master of Science in Global Heath.
Bruce Wilkinson, President and CEO of the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) headquartered in New York City, NY, delivered the commencement address reflecting on his 35 years in global health. He shared his experiences in six poignant vignettes that spoke to his lessons learned in the field: 1) Early in his career Wilkinson learned that everyone has something to contribute if you listen; 2) Look for and take advantage of innovative, emerging infrastructures; 3) Know “why” you are working in global health and make it your vocation, not your job; 4) The end is not better health, it is a means to a better life; 5) It is importance to be street smart, take advantage of opportunities, and anticipate your success; and, 6) In the refugee camps that followed the Rwandan genocide, recovery included taking time to allow children to be children and the healing power of human interaction like singing.
Wilkinson’s message ended with the importance of using your Notre Dame education and global health experience to be a healer.