US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky delivers a special message for Regis graduates.

Upon the appointment of Dr. Rochelle Walensky as director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by the Biden/Harris administration in 2020, Dr. Rajesh Gandhi, a Mass. General infectious diseases physician and chair of the HIV Medicine Association, told The Boston Globe, “It’s telling that there hasn’t been a single person in the field who isn’t thrilled by this appointment. This is not always the case with people named by political forces to leadership positions.”

Born in Peabody, Massachusetts, Dr. Walensky, a former Newton resident, recorded remarks to new Regis graduates in advance of commencement on May 7.

“Twenty-six years ago, I sat at my medical school graduation, aspiring to help one patient at a time,” she recalls. “I never expected my path would lead me to serve as the 19th director of CDC.”

“Wherever your path takes you ... remember that you are all connected to Regis … rooted in the Sisters of St. Joseph’s belief in caring for our neighbors ... and guided by your shared commitment to public service, community, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

View Dr. Walensky’s inspirational words to Regis graduates: