Friday, May 14
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Remarks by Dr. Neal Lane
Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
I consider myself fortunate to have an occupation that is also a calling — a true vocation. Every day I go to work and strive toward goals in which I genuinely believe. The sense of fulfillment that comes with that privilege is something that I hope today's graduates will feel about their education and experience at some point in their careers.
Emerson said, "In the hands of the discoverer, medicine becomes a heroic art…." I hope that, as medical doctors just beginning your careers, every member of Mt. Sinai's Class of 1999 will recognize that you have the potential to be great
discoverers — and great heroes. As you bring healing and comfort to people wherever you go, I wish for you success in your science, deep fulfillment in your art, and a lifetime of meaning derived from sharing your gifts with your fellow humans.
Thank you again.