Robert DuPont Delivers 2016 Commencement Address

Graduates, faculty, staff, families and friends filled the Cork Center Gymnasium in Center City, Minnesota, on August 26 for the 2016 Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies commencement ceremony.

Graduation Commencement Fall 2016

A total of 48 students comprised the graduating class, 25 of whom walked at the diploma ceremony where the Board of Governors and faculty presided over the commencement exercises.

Noted psychiatrist, scholar, author, addiction expert and public policy advocate Robert L. DuPont, MD, delivered the commencement address. A leader in the fields of substance use and anxiety disorders for decades, Dr. DuPont serves as president of the Institute for Behavior and Heath, a nonprofit research and policy organization. He was the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse from its inception in 1973 until 1978, and he has taught as a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980.

Dr. DuPont is currently working closely with clinicians at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in further developing COR-12TM programming for individuals with opiate addiction 

Graduation Commencement Fall 2016Chosen to represent his class, William Hoffman III addressed peers and attendees as the student speaker. He spoke of "great hope for the future" shared by the graduates: "The hope that each of us may contribute in some small way to lighting the path of recovery and health for those lost in the darkness of addiction. The hope that a growing recognition and understanding of addiction as a disease needing treatment and not a weakness or moral failing will continue to spread and be the foundation of sound and ethical public policy in the years ahead. And the hope that quality treatment options become more available rather than less; and that all people will have access to treatment services they need."

Hoffman currently works for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation as an addiction counselor on the Promises Unit in Center City.

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