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Nation's COMs Celebrate 2015 Commencements

A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) held its 179th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16 at the Truman State University's Baldwin Hall Auditorium in Kirksville, MO. Mark D. Pressley, DO, MPH, Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired) delivered the commencement address to the 2015 ATSU-KCOM graduating class. A.T. Still University of Health Sciences President Craig M. Phelps, DO, executed the conferring of 157 Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine degrees during the ceremony. 

A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) celebrated the commencement of its fifth graduating class on Friday, May 22 at the Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theatre in Mesa, AZ. Winston F. Wong, MD, MS, Medical Director, Community Benefit Director, Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives at Kaiser Permanente, delivered the commencement address to the 104 graduates of the ATSU-SOMA Class of 2015. Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees, including two U.S. Air Force graduates and five U.S. Navy graduates, were conferred by A.T. Still University of Health Sciences President Craig M. Phelps, DO.


Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU)
honored its graduating osteopathic medical students at its 16th annual commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 27 at the Midwestern University Glendale Campus Auditorium. At the ceremony, 260 DO degrees were conferred.

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) conducted this year’s commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 21 for 202 DO graduates. CCOM/MWU honored 204 graduates who earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Among the graduates, 58 percent will enter primary care residencies, while the rest of the class will pursue various specialties including emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, neurological surgery, ophthalmology, radiology, psychiatry, and anesthesiology. In addition, 49 percent of the class will stay in Illinois for their postdoctoral programs, with the rest traveling to 25 other states. Student remarks were given by Class Valedictorian David Brethouwer.


Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) held its 115th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 23 at Iowa Events Center-Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, IA. Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, delivered the commencement address to 290 DMU-COM osteopathic medical student graduates. DMU-COM’s Grand Marshal was distinguished alumnus Murray Goldstein, DO, MPH, Class of 1950, who served as the director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of National Institutes of Health (NIH) and as an assistant surgeon general in the US Public Health Service. 

Georgia Campus-Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM)
awarded 122 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees on Friday, May 29. The COM’s seventh annual commencement ceremony took place at the Gwinnett Center on the Georgia campus in Suwanee, GA.

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM)
honored the 234 DO students of its 2015 graduating class during KCU-COM’s 137th conferring of degrees on Saturday, May 9 at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO. The keynote address was delivered by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) President Robert Juhasz, DO.

Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM)
faculty and administration of LMU-DCOM handed out several awards to members of the graduating class at its awards day ceremony on May 8, which was held prior to the Class of 2015 graduation ceremony. The LMU-DCOM commencement ceremony occurred on Saturday, May 9 at Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, TN.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
conferred 352 Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine degrees during its 19th commencement ceremony, which was held on Sunday, May 31 at the Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, PA.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus (LECOM Bradenton)
celebrated its eighth graduating class of 187 DOs on Sunday, June 7 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto, FL.

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM)
’s Class of 2015 had their Hooding and Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 7 at the MSU Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI. The 42nd MSUCOM commencement ceremony conferred 290 DO graduates. The keynote speaker was AOA President Robert S. Juhasz, DO.

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM)
graduated its 2015 class of osteopathic medical students during the COM’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15. During the ceremony, 237 NSU-COM graduates received Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine degrees. The event was held at the NSU Arena at the Don Taft University Center on the NSU-COM Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. H. Murray Todd, MD, delivered the keynote address.

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM)'s 
commencement ceremony was held Sunday, May 17 at NYIT’s main Old Westbury (Long Island), New York campus. There were 283 graduates of the NYIT-COM Class of 2015.

On Monday, May 18, NYITCOM held its 34th annual hooding ceremony for those graduates at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Old Brookville, NY. The guest speaker for the hooding ceremony was Dr. Gail Wilensky, Economist and a Senior Fellow, Project Hope.


Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)’s 36th commencement ceremony was held the morning of Saturday, May 9 at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium at Ohio University in Athens, OH. The Heritage College Class of 2015 commencement ceremony was webcast live from the Memorial Auditorium, followed by a reception. The second annual Heritage College Commencement Awards Ceremony also took place on Friday, May 8 in Baker Center Ballroom. The event included a picnic lunch and presentation of student awards.


Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) conducted its 2015 commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in Tulsa, OK. Ninety-four DO degrees were conferred, and the keynote address was delivered by OSU-COM Class of 2015 President Michael Dunlap, DO.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) 
celebrated its 124th commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 7 at the Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA. PCOM alumnus John Becher, DO, Professor, Chair and Course Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at PCOM, addressed the 265 graduating students of the PCOM Class of 2015.

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM)
held a commencement ceremony honoring 72 PNWU-COM students DO graduates on Saturday, May 9 at the Capitol Theatre in Yakima, WA—with a post-ceremony reception immediately following. Commencement activities began with a Military Commissioning, followed by a ceremony featuring Rear Admiral Joyce Johnson, DO (retired), a physician with senior leadership experience in the public health, military, and civilian sectors. The evening of Friday, May 8 included an open house and awards presentation at Butler-Haney Hall.
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)
honored the members of its 2015 graduating class of osteopathic medical students at a commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16. The celebration took place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, CO, where Commencement Speaker Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and History at the University of California, San Francisco, delivered a keynote address to the 144 RVUCOM DO graduates.

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM)
conducted its graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 13 on the University Green at the COM’s campus in Glassboro, NJ. RowanSOM’s 35th graduating class of 146 DO graduates was conferred at the ceremony, during which Norman E. Vinn, DO, MBA, addressed the new osteopathic physicians.

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine—New York (TouroCOM-NY)
held its fifth graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 2 at The Apollo Theater. The keynote speaker for the Class of 2015 Commencement ceremony was Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, 18th Surgeon General of the United States.

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California (TUCOM-CA)
conducted its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 31 at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM)
hosted its Spring 2015 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17 at the Westgate Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Approximately 128 students graduated from the osteopathic medicine program. This year marks TUNCOM’s 10th commencement anniversary.

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM)
celebrated its 180th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16 at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, ME. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, delivered this year’s commencement address.

University of Pikeville—Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM)
awarded 70 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees to the DO Class of 2015 on Saturday, May 16. During commencement exercises, Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers delivered UP-KYCOM’s keynote address. Beyond the day of celebration, Mr. Rogers challenged the class to remember why they began the journey, and to think about the realities confronting the rural communities they call home.

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM)
’s 2015 university-wide commencement ceremony was held on Saturday, March 16 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX. This year marks the 42nd UNTHSC/TCOM commencement celebration, during which 223 UNTHSC/TCOM students were represented.

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC)
honored its 2015 graduating class on Saturday, May 23 at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg, SC. Following the ceremony was a graduation reception at the VCOM-Carolinas campus.

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC)
’s graduation ceremony was conducted at the Burruss Hall at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA on Saturday, May 9. Prior to the commencement ceremony was a Military Promotion Ceremony at the War Memorial Chapel at Virginia Tech on Friday, May 8.

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)
celebrated its 38th graduation year during the 2015 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 30 at the WVSOM campus in Lewisburg, WV. U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito was this year’s keynote speaker.

Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP)
held its 34th annual commencement exercises on Friday, May 22 in Pasadena, CA. This year marked the first time the university surpassed more than 1,000 graduates at commencement, and it was also Founding President Philip Pumerantz’s, PhD, final commencement as president. Diplomas were handed out to 1,022 graduates from 21 degree programs in the university’s nine colleges. The ceremony featured inspiring words from Vice Admiral Matthew L. Nathan, MD, Surgeon General of the Navy, who told the graduates to appreciate the process as they embarked on their professional health care careers.

William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM)
held its second annual graduation ceremony on May 23 at the WCU-COM campus in Hattiesburg, MS. Ninety-one new DOs received their degrees during the commencement. The keynote speaker was Dr. William G Anderson, past president of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
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June 2015
Vol. 9, No. 6