Xavier University School of Medicine had the honor of welcoming the first female Prime Minister of Aruba, Honorable Mrs. Evelyn Wever-Croes to the school this past Friday, January 19th. President Ravishankar Bhooplapur and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Arun Kumar Dubey, welcomed Mrs. Wever-Croes and gave her a tour around the school. Following that, Mrs. Wever-Croes attended the White Coat Ceremony, where 34 students received their white coats and took the Medical Student Pledge of Professional Conduct.
During the Ceremony, Mrs. Wever-Croes addressed the attending students, faculty, staff, and family members. She explained how she wanted to attend medical school after high school, but her only option at the time was to go to Costa Rica to study. While she said the country was beautiful and her studies went well, she missed home. Ultimately, she came back to Aruba, where her father decided she would study law. Mrs. Wever-Croes was excited when Xavier first came to the happy island of Aruba, as her dreams of a medical school on the island had come true. She concluded her address by encouraging students to focus on the care of their patients instead of the cost of health care, and congratulated them on this momentous occasion.
After her address, President Ravishankar Bhooplapur and Board of Trustees member Mr. Frank Croes presented the Prime Minister with gifts, and the eager students finally received their White Coats. Xavier is fortunate and thankful that the Honorable Mrs. Evelyn Wever-Croes was in attendance at such a special event.