2016 College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement Ceremonies

CCOM graduates celebrate their commencement. PNWU-COM

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

05-2016-ATSU-KCOM-graduateA.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine conferred 167 osteopathic medical student graduates during the 2016 ATSU-KCOM Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at the Truman State University's Baldwin Hall in Kirksville, MO. This year's speaker and honorary degree recipient was Suzanne R. Steinbaum, DO.

A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona celebrated its Class of 2016 during a commencement ceremony on Friday, May 20. Held at the Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theatre in Mesa, AZ, 101 medical students received DO degrees. This year's speaker and honorary degree recipient was Darrell Lynn Grace, DO. 

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University's commencement for the Class of 2016 took place on Wednesday, June 1 in Midwestern University’s Glendale Campus Auditorium when over 250 DO graduates received their degrees. Valedictorian Justin Paul Schultz, DO, spoke on behalf of his class during the ceremony, which also included remarks from Midwestern University President and Chief Executive Officer Kathleen H. Goeppinger, PhD, and a special medal ceremony for the Class of 2016’s military graduates.Fifty-six graduates–the highest percentage in the class–will be moving forward to Arizona-based residencies, helping to address health care needs in the state. Read more.

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University honored 200 graduates with DO degrees during the college's 2016 commencement ceremony. Among the graduates, 59 percent will enter primary care residencies while the rest of the class will pursue various specialties, including 49 percent of the Class of 2016 that will stay in Illinois for their postdoctoral programs. During the ceremonies, Kathleen H. Goeppinger, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwestern University, acknowledged the many achievements of the graduates during their years of rigorous study and clinical experiences. Read more.
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated the University’s 116th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 28 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA. DMU-COM awarded DO degrees to 212 medical student graduates. Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Founding Dean and Director of the Medical Education Program at the Morehouse School of Medicine, provided the keynote address during this year’s graduation ceremony. Read more.

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences held its centennial commencement ceremony for the Class of 2016 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO on May 7. KCU celebrated its 100th year of graduating physicians, as well as its 11th year of graduating scientists. The University’s centennial year marks KCU’s largest class in history with 343 graduates. Read more.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine  awarded 543 DO degrees during its 20th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 29 at the Erie Insurance Arena. This spring will mark an historic occasion for LECOM, graduating its largest class in history. During the ceremony, 248 students from the Erie campus and 105 students from the Seton Hill campus received DO degrees. Read more

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus 190 DO students also joined LECOM's largest graduating class upon its commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 5 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto, FL.

Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated the commencement of its 2016 graduating class on Saturday, May 14. Sister Anne Eucharista Brooks, DO, Medical Director and Chief Administrator of the Tutwiler Clinic, delivered the commencement address. Approximately 82 percent of the LMU-DCOM graduating class will enter their first year of residency training in a primary care track. The members of its Class of 2016 will be in 121 different residency programs in 30 states. Read more

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine's 2016 Hooding and Commencement took place on Thursday, May 5 at the MSU Breslin Student Events Center. During the ceremony, 294 DO graduate degrees were conferred. Commencement speaker Wolfgang Gilliar, DO, Dean of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) and 1986 alumnus of MSUCOM, addressed the Class of 2016.

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine senior week culminated on Friday, May 20 when 234 DO degrees were conferred during the NSU-COM commencement ceremony. The celebratory event was held at The Arena at the Don Taft University Center on the NSU Fort Lauderdale/Davie, FL campus. During the ceremony, graduates were acknowledged for their accomplishments in front of an enthusiastic audience filled with family, friends, and faculty members. Congressman Theodore E. Deutch served as this year’s keynote speaker and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree as part of the ceremony.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine conducted its 125th commencement ceremony at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Brian A. Nester, DO, MBA, President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, addressed the 260 future physicians receiving DO degrees from PCOM.

Georgia Campus-Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine held its annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 27 in the Tommy P. Hughes Grand Ballroom at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. This year’s Georgia-PCOM commencement ceremony featured distinguished speaker John R. Potts III, MD, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Senior Vice President, Surgical Accreditation, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). 128 students were awarded DO degrees. Read more

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated its fifth commencement ceremony for the Class of 2016 at the Capitol Theatre in Yakima, Washington, Saturday, May 21, 2016. Mary C. Selecky, Secretary of Health (retired) gave the keynote address while PNWU-COM awarded 72 DO degrees in the presence of family, friends, and faculty members. The Class of 2016 included 61% of the doctors going into primary care and the continuation of a 100% residency match history. PNWU-COM looks forward to graduating next year’s class of 135.

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine honored its fifth graduating class of 152 osteopathic medical students during the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, CO. Boyd R. Buser, DO, UP-KYCOM Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, provided this year’s commencement address, and Vice Admiral Matthew L. Nathan performed the commissioning ceremony for the RVUCOM military students. Read more

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York graduated its sixth class, conferring 123 DO degrees, at a festive gathering at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater last week. Ramanathan Raju, MD, President and CEO of NYC Health+ Hospitals, was a speaker for this year’s graduation ceremony, along with Executive Dean Robert Goldberg who expressed his optimism about the Class of 2016 and congratulated them on their success. Several awards were also presented including the Sheldon Sirota Medal which was awarded to Founding Dean and Dean Emeritus Martin Diamond, DO.

University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine honored the academic achievements of 124 graduates who received their DO degrees during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 14. This year’s class brings the total number of osteopathic physicians who have graduated from KYCOM to over 1,000. John W. Becher, DO, President of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), delivered KYCOM’s keynote address and was presented with an honorary Doctor of Osteopathic Education degree. Read more.

05-2016-VCOM-VC-Military-HPSP-graduatesEdward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus hosted its 2016 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7 at Burruss Hall Auditorium on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA. Highlighting diversity, William G. Anderson, DO, first black president of the AOA, early civil rights leader, and founder of the William G. Anderson DO Minority Scholarship, provided the commencement address to the 172 DO graduates with nearly 3,000 friends and family attendees.

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus hosted its 2016 graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 21 at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.

Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific honored its past while celebrating its graduates’ bright future at its 35th annual commencement ceremony in Pasadena, CA. The commencement ceremony for Western U/COMP on May 20 included a changing of the guard. Western U/COMP Marshal Jeffrey Felton, PhD, was recognized for his service as he passed the ceremonial marshal duties on to Gerald Thrush, PhD. Gary Gugelchuk, PhD, who presided over the commencement ceremony, received the inaugural Philip and Harriet Pumerantz Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership and Service. Read more.

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine awarded its 39th graduating class of osteopathic medical students on Saturday, May 28. John W. Becher, DO, AOA President, served as the commencement speaker during address this year’s ceremony, which was hosted on the WVSOM campus in Lewisburg, WV.