The Division of Radiologic Science Celebrated its 2017 Commencement on May 13, 2017.

The Division of Radiologic Science celebrated its graduates on Saturday, May 13, 2017, with a commencement ceremony in the Medical Biomolecular Research Building (MBRB).

Sylvia Hatchell, head coach of the UNC Women’s Basketball team, addressed graduates and their families. She encouraged graduates to pay attention to three bones as they enter health care: a funny bone, a backbone, and a wishbone. A funny bone, Hatchell explained, is important to be able to laugh at yourself when necessary. A backbone, she explained, is meant to build character.

“You’ve got to stand up for what you believe in,” Hatchell said. “You’ve worked hard, but you’re going to run into situations when you’re challenged.” Finally, the wishbone should encourage students to dream big, including the ability to bloom where you are planted. “Take advantage of opportunities that are put in front of you every day, because once they’re gone, they’re gone,” she advised graduates.

Joy Renner, the program’s director, encouraged students to use their knowledge in radiologic science with both compassion and humility. “We want you to always reach for what will bring you and those around you to a better place but when reaching for those goals; don’t lose your footing on your foundation of knowledge, compassion and humility,” Renner said. “Wherever your future leads you, carry with you the knowledge you gained here at Carolina along with compassion and remember humility is the key to success.”

The program also highlighted three awards, including the Doris S. Newton Award to Shaunesi Davis for outstanding clinical teaching, the James H. Scatliff Award to Rahul Jaswaney for his outstanding anatomy teaching, and the Larry Keith Teaching Mentor Award to Lauren Noble for her inspirational teaching in the program. The faculty presented the Academic Achievement Award to Savannah Taylor and the Faculty Award for Excellence to Felicia Branch.

Isaack Boru, BS, RT(R)(MR) and class of 2014 alumnus, served as student speaker who delivered the message to always remember, “why you began the program and this journey to become a health care provider.”