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Associate Prof Darryl Tong, of the University of Otago, has urged physiotherapy and dentistry graduates to serve the community with integrity and, when necessary, to have the moral courage to say no.
Addressing a University of Otago graduation on Saturday, Prof Tong, of the Otago School of Dentistry, urged graduates to take a ''Crisp'' approach, emphasising ''courage, respect, integrity, service and professionalism''.
He told more than 270 graduates, mainly in dentistry and physiotherapy, at a 4pm ceremony, that they had a privileged place in society, and should serve their families, the community and humanity ''without desire for reward or recognition''.
He emphasised the importance of integrity and said clinical practice came with ''high expectations''.