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2017 College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement Ceremonies

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

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ATSU-KCOM Commencement

2017_ATSU-Commencement-2A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) celebrated a new class of osteopathic physicians on May 20, 2017. This class represents ATSU-KCOM’s 181st graduating class in the University’s 125th year. Adrienne White-Faines, DO, ’94, served as the commencement speaker for the ceremony. White-Faines currently serves as CEO of the American American Osteopathic Association.

AACOM President and CEO Stephen Shannon, DO, MPH, served as grand marshal for the ceremony. Prior to serving as AACOM president and CEO, Dr. Shannon was vice president for Health Services and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England since 1995. He is board certified in preventative medicine and osteopathic family practice. Dr. Shannon also was instrumental in the development of a Master of Public Health program within the university, and is a founder and past chair of the Board of the Maine Center for Public Health. Read more.


ATSU-SOMA Commencement

A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) celebrated the achievements of 103 graduates at its 2017 commencement ceremony on Friday, May 26.

The event was held at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona. Sister Adele O’Sullivan, MD, served as commencement speaker.

Congratulations to the class of 2017!

AZCOMAZCOM Holds Spring Commencement Ceremony

Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) held commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2017 on Wednesday, May 31, in the University’s Glendale Campus Auditorium. At the ceremony 223 DO graduates received their degrees. Valedictorian Michelle Dyrholm, DO, spoke on behalf of her class during the ceremony, which also included remarks from Midwestern University President and Chief Executive Officer Kathleen H. Goeppinger, PhD. A special coining ceremony honored the Class of 2017’s 22 military graduates – the highest military representation in AZCOM’s history. Read more.

CUSOMCampbell Graduates its First Medical Doctors

Eight years ago, Jerry M. Wallace stood on the campus of a small university in Mississippi, part of a team tasked to review that school’s ability to start a school of osteopathic medicine. And eight years ago — a mere eight years — the idea that Campbell University could launch the first new medical school in North Carolina in over 35 years first set in.

On Saturday, Wallace looked out at the sea of 150 robed and tasseled members of the charter class of Campbell medical students — “pioneers” at the school that bears his name — and beamed. The former Campbell president and current chancellor borrowed a quote from the university’s founder and first president, J.A. Campbell. Read more.

CCOM-1CCOM Graduates Ready to Begin Successful Careers

Midwestern University recently held commencement ceremonies on its Downers Grove Campus to celebrate more than 700 graduates who are beginning their professional careers in health care.

The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) honored 200 graduates who earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. Among the graduates, 59 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, 45 percent of the class will stay in Illinois for their postdoctoral programs, with the rest traveling to 28 other states. 

GA-PCOMGA-PCOM Holds 2017 Commencement Ceremonies 

To celebrate the hard work, perseverance and achievements of this year’s 265 graduates as they transition from students to alumni, Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) held its ninth annual commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 26. At 11am, 119 candidates were awarded Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degrees. Read more.

LECOM Bradenton to Hold Commencement on June 4

In celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) will graduate its largest-ever class. LECOM will award 1,075 degrees when LECOM Bradenton holds its 10th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 4, at 1 p.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto, FL, and when LECOM Erie holds its 21st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the Erie Insurance Arena.

LECOM Bradenton is proud to have the 68 members of its inaugural class of Master of Medical Science (MMS) receive their degrees, along with 100 Doctors of Dental Medicine, 138 Doctors of Pharmacy, 188 Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine and an additional 18 Masters of Health Services Administration graduates.

Rocky Vista University Celebrates Commencement Ceremony


Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)’s sixth commencement ceremony was held on May 16th at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver. Mark A. Baker, DO, President-elect for the American Osteopathic Association, was the keynote speaker, while Brigadier General Jerome P. Limoge, Jr., Assistant Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard, led the military commissioning ceremony. One-hundred forty-four diplomas were handed out to the graduates of RVUCOM, while 14 were given to the graduates of the MSBS program. A special posthumous degree was given to the family of Hans Machula, a student who tragically passed away earlier this year.

This was a year of firsts for RVUCOM’s Commencement Ceremony: the first class of graduates from the new Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program and the first time the Presidential Award of Excellence was bestowed upon a faculty member (congratulations, Dr. Joseph Stasio!). This was also the year of the highest number of military graduates being commissioned at once (26!). Read more.

Barbara E. Walker, DO, Barbara Ross Lee, DO and Jan Willcox, DOVCOM-VC Graduation

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus graduated 189 new doctors of osteopathic medicine Campus on Saturday, May 6. The commencement ceremony was held in a packed Burruss Hall auditorium at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee
, the first African-American woman to serve as dean of a United States medical school, gave the commencement address, which focused on important lessons for the students to take with them as they begin their careers as doctors.

Photo: Dr. Ross-Lee poses with faculty members, Barbara E. Walker, DO (left) and Jan Willcox, DO (right).

PNWU Hosts Largest Commencement Ceremony in University’s History

2017_PNWU_CafferyPhoto-9399On Saturday, May 20 at 2pm, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) hosted its largest graduation ceremony to date at Yakima’s Capitol Theatre.

133 PNWU osteopathic medical students are scheduled to cross the Capitol Theatre stage and receive their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, awarded by President Keith Watson and distributed by Dean Thomas Scandalis, which they will employ in their journey toward providing quality health care to underserved and rural communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. The class of 2017 ranges in age from 25 to 49 and is comprised of 69 males and 64 females, with the furthest-reaching graduate hailing from Waltham, Massachusetts and the closest (multiple) from right there in Yakima.

PCOM-2PCOM Celebrates DO Class of 2017

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) graduated the latest group of osteopathic physicians in a ceremony filled with excitement and celebration on Saturday during the College’s 126th DO Commencement. Two-hundred fifty seven newly-minted doctors now join the more than 100,000 DOs currently practicing in the US.

Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, president and CEO, urged the graduates to consider what type of doctor they wanted to be – for themselves, and for their patients. Read more.

NSUCOM Celebrates 2017 Graduation

Senior Week at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) culminated on Friday, May 19 when 233 DO, 106 Master of Public Health, 24 Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics, 13 Master of Disaster and Emergency Preparedness, and three Master of Science in Medical Education degrees were conferred during the college’s commencement ceremony at The Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center on the NSU main campus. In addition, two graduates received dual DO/DMD degrees.

During the ceremony, graduates were acknowledged for their accomplishments in front of an enthusiastic audience filled with family, friends, and faculty members. Celeste Philip, MD, MPH, Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health served as the keynote speaker and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree as part of the ceremony.

WVSOMCongressman Jenkins Speaks at WVSOM Graduation

After four years of studying, learning about various body systems, team-based learning group exercises and job shadowing physicians in clinics and hospitals throughout the country, 175 participating graduates anticipated the moment they would receive their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees.

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) celebrated its 40th annual commencement ceremony on May 27 under a tent full of nearly 2,500 family, friends, faculty and from now on — doctors.

Congressman Evan Jenkins delivered the keynote speech to the Class of 2017 at WVSOM’s campus in Lewisburg.

Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, National Expert on Health Policy and Pioneer in Medicine, Delivers Keynote at Seventh Commencement of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) conferred diplomas upon 131 candidates for the doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree last Thursday at festive ceremonies held at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem. The packed event included numerous awards and accolades, entertainment from three top-flight tenors, and the commissioning of six military students by Retired Major General, United States Army, Philip Volpe, DO.

Keynote speaker and pioneer in medicine Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, Vice President of Health Science and Medical Affairs at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, reminded the graduates that they are embarking on a “high calling with awesome responsibilities.”