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Gupta to Graduates: “Do One Thing Every Day that Scares You”

By umcadmin

On April 28, self-described “true-blue Wolverine” Dr. Sanjay Gupta celebrated spring commencement with the Class of 2012. An accomplished neurosurgeon, humanitarian, and CNN medical correspondent, Gupta received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from U-M (in 1990 and 1993, respectively). He now holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, presented during the 2012 commencement ceremony.

“It’s a Michigan tradition to take risks and, in the process, blaze new trails,” Gupta told the enthusiastic crowd. “It’s a Michigan tradition to always read the directions, but not always to follow them. It’s to always prepare but sometimes throw that preparation in the trash and allow yourself to be surprised, honest, and genuine. It’s a Michigan tradition to make history and change the world—to be immortal, not as in living forever but in never being forgotten.”

“When summarizing your life,” Gupta said, “you should be able to write this sentence: ‘I am who I always wanted to be.’”

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