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Congratulations to the Class of 2011 at the nation’s Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine! See below for information on each of the graduations.


A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU/KCOM) held its 175th commencement ceremony on May 14  at the Truman State University Campus in Kirksville, Missouri. AOA Executive Director John Crosby, JD, (at left, with Dean Magruder) delivered the commencement address and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree.


A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU/SOMA) celebrated its first commencement June 2 at the Mesa Arts Center. The inaugural class consisted of 92 graduates, and 84 percent of them will enter primary care residencies. Each member of the class was congratulated and individually photographed with ATSU/SOMA Dean Thomas E. McWilliams, DO. The school’s founding Dean, Douglas Wood, DO, delivered the commencement address.


The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM) graduated 151 osteopathic medical students on June 3 at the Midwestern University Glendale Campus Auditorium.More than half of the AZCOM graduates are proceeding to primary care residencies, and 13 have committed to military residency programs. Midwestern University President & CEO Kathleen H. Goeppinger, PhD, delivered the commencement address.   


The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM) held its commencement ceremonies on May 27 in Littlejohn Hall on its campus in Downers Grove, Illinois. CCOM Interim Dean Thomas A. Boyle, DO, led the presentation and hooding of the graduates. Among the 176 graduates, 49 percent will enter primary care residencies and more than half the class will stay in Illinois for their residency programs.


Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) conducted its 111th commencement ceremony May 28 at Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines. The school graduated 200 students of osteopathic medicine. DMU President Angela Walker Franklin, PhD, conferred degrees and awarded the commencement speaker, Jim Leach, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. The graduates were honored with a private banquet the night before the ceremony.


Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) held its graduation ceremony on May 22 in Duluth, Georgia.  Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, FACOFP, the first African-American woman to serve as Dean of a U.S. medical school and current Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs at the New York Institute of Technology, served as the commencement speaker.


Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB-COM) conductedgraduation ceremonies on May 14. A broadcast of the graduation ceremony is available at the following address until June 13: click here.


Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) held its commencement ceremony on May 29 at the Tullio Arena in Erie, Pennsylvania. LECOM President John M. Ferretti, DO, conferred the degrees.


Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus (LECOM-Bradenton) conducted its graduation ceremony on June 5 at the Bradenton Manattee Convention Center in Bradenton, Florida.


Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) celebrated the commencement of its inaugural class May 14 in the Tex Turner Arena on the Lincoln Memorial University campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. The event marked a milestone in the university's history as the Class of 2011 graduated 130 students to the osteopathic profession. AACOM President Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, was present for the graduation, and AOA President Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, delivered the commencement address.


Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) held commencement on May 5 at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan Osteopathic Association President George T. Sawabini offered congratulations and a few words of wisdom to the 200 graduates.


Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) held commencement on May 29 at the Bank Atlantic Center. Florida Governor Rick Scott delivered the commencement address to the 219 graduating osteopathic medical students and other students from the NSU Health Professions Division.  


The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of the New York Institute of Technology (NYCOM/NYIT) held its traditional hooding ceremony May 23 at the Tilles Center for Performing Arts in Greenvale, New York. U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, delivered the commencement address, and the ceremony was followed by a brunch honoring the Class of 2011 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.


Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) graduated 87 osteopathic medical students on May 13 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. OSU President Howard Barnett, Jr., welcomed the graduates, and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer James Hess, EdD, delivered the invocation. OSU-COM Provost and Dean Kayse M. Shrum, DO, presented the graduates with their degrees.


Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUCOM) held its 32nd commencement on June 4 at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on the school’s campus in Athens, Ohio. Leonard H. Calabrese, DO, Director of the R.J. Fasenmyer Center for Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic, provided the keynote address. His daughter, Cassandra Calabrese, was among the graduating class.


The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)conducted its 120th commencement ceremony on June 5 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. AOA President Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, delivered the commencement address to 270 graduates.


Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine (PCSOM)held its commencement ceremony for 66 graduating students on May 21 in Pikeville, Kentucky. The commencement address was delivered by AOA President Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, who received an honorary Doctor of Osteopathic Education degree during the ceremony. Pikeville College Alumnus Benny Ray Bailey of Hindman was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Bailey, a former Kentucky state Senator, wrote and sponsored the Osteopathic Scholarship Bill, a law that allows students from Kentucky to attend PCSOM without the burden of additional debt. The bill, which was funded through the coal severance tax, passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate without a dissenting vote. It was signed into law by then Gov. Paul E. Patton, who now serves as President of Pikeville College.


Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – New York (TOUROCOM) celebrated the graduation of its inaugural class of more than 100 students on June 2 at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City.


Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine – California (TUCOM-CA) held its graduation on June 5 in The Grove at Farragut Inn on the Touro University campus in Vallejo.


Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM-NV) held its commencement ceremony on May 16 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fifty-five percent of the college’s 112 graduating students have committed to some of the top osteopathic residency programs in the country. Dr. Mark Hasten, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Touro College System, delivered the welcome address, along with Michael Harter, PhD, who also distributed degrees during the ceremony. Dean of Students Rebecca Mills, EdD, provided closing remarks.


The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM) conducted its graduation ceremony on May 25 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The school honored its graduates with a pre-commencement reception on May 22. U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, delivered the commencement address.


The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) graduated 120 osteopathic physicians on May 21 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Graduate Mike Michaud, DO, delivered the commencement address.


The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Fort Worth (UNTHSC/TCOM) celebrated graduation on May 14 at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Association of Academic Health Centers President Steven A. Wartman, MD, PhD, delivered the commencement address.   


The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus (VCOM)held its fifth commencement ceremony June 4, graduating 153 students on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The ceremony was followed by a reception for the graduates and their families.


Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western U/COMP) held its 30thcommencement on May 20. The college graduated 215 osteopathic medical students, and commencement speaker AOA Executive Director John B. Crosby, JD, talked with graduates about the transition from residency to practice and the lessons most important for DOs to remember as they move forward in the medical field. Graduate Neetu Sodhi, DO, was honored as the 4,000th graduate of WesternU/COMP. Alumnus James Lally, DO, President and Chief Medical Officer, Chino Valley Medical Center, received the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Pumerantz Lifetime Fellow of Excellence in Osteopathic Medical Education Award for his outstanding promotion of osteopathic medical care. Four of the university’s graduates were also honored at the school’s 13thannual Armed Forces Commissioning Ceremony on May 18 at the Pasadena Convention Center.


The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) held commencement May 28 in the WVSOM Parade Field in Lewisburg, West Virginia. The graduation celebration began on May 25 with an “Almost Alumni Luncheon” for the graduates in the Roland P. Sharp Alumni Center, and was followed by a welcome address from WVSOM President Michael D. Adelman, DO. Brian Noland, PhD, Chancellor for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, presented the keynote address, and Brian Huggins, National Student DO of the Year, and Brad Eastman, Class of 2011 President, also spoke to the 185 graduates.

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June 2011
Vol. 5, No. 6