Over 200 of FMUs outstanding scholars were celebrated today as Interim President Jaffus Hardrick and FMU Department Chairs presented each student with esteemed awards. These students hold the prestigious distinction of either being: a Presidential Scholar, named the Outstanding Scholar in their academic field of study, on the Dean’s List, the Honor Roll and/or members of Honor Societies.
Dr. Dejon Maloney-guest speaker
The Honors and Awards Day speaker, was Dr. Dejon Maloney, MD, FMU Alumnus 2010, who currently practices Family medicine at Bayfront Health, St. Petersburg, Florida.
“Success is a journey, not a destination. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
Originally from St. Kitts and the first to graduate from College in his family, Dr. Maloney said his first application to Florida Memorial University was not accepted. He then began working at a pharmacy in Liberty City and later was accepted.
“There will be mistakes along the way, don’t give up, don’t be afraid and learn from your mistakes.”
Dr. Maloney is a living testament to creating his pathway to success. He is currently the only Black physician in a group of 24 and one of the youngest doctors on staff at the hospital where he practices.
“Don’t become preoccupied with the things you cannot change. Pursue what you believe in. Let excellence be your habit.”
After making his inspirational speech Dr. Maloney, Interim President Hardrick and members of FMUs Faculty took photos and spoke to the students, who are well on their way to paving their own road to success.