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Colleges Across the Country Come Together to Celebrate This Year’s Graduates

June 03, 2020

You’ll also read about NSU-KPCOM’s donation to the Broward Health Foundation, Dr. Ulyanan Dashkevych’s journey to becoming a first-generation physician, and more.

TUNCOM students dressed in PPE to screen for COVID-19, pose for a group shot

TUNCOM Students Provide COVID-19 Screenings to Las Vegas Valley’s Homeless Populations

Draped from head-to-toe in light blue scrubs and personal protective equipment, students from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) are helping to combat the spread of COVID-19 for Southern Nevada’s most vulnerable populations. COM students and those from the School of Physician Assistant Studies gathered inside tents in the parking lot at Cashman Center at the end of March, which had recently been converted into a temporary ‘shelter’ for the Las Vegas Valley’s homeless population. Read more about their efforts.

Collage of  WVSOM virtual commencement speakers in cap and gown
Pictured from left: Craig Boisvert, DO, FACOFP, WVSOM Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean; keynote speaker and alumna, Sherri Young, DO, class of 2003; and WVSOM President James W. Nemitz, PhD.

WVSOM Alumna Health Officer Delivers Virtual WVSOM Graduation Speech

Every spring, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) hosts a commencement ceremony to celebrate students who are earning Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees. This year, 188 participating medical students in the Class of 2020 received their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees during the school’s 43rd annual commencement ceremony, its first virtual ceremony, on May 30. 

DMU-COM Honors Distinguished Graduates

Des Moines University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) continued its tradition of honoring distinguished graduates with a special ceremony in May, although this year’s event had a twist: It brought together the Class of 2020 and COM faculty virtually. “The call of duty has never been greater for a new generation of physicians,” said class president Patrick Gilson, DO. “But you know what I say? We got this. Our fortitude is unquestionable; our commitment is indisputable; our compassion, undeniable.” Read more about the event on the DMU-COM website.

Smiling black female graduate in cap and gown
Graduates, families, faculty, and staff watched the ceremony during the live premier on Facebook and YouTube.

PCOM Georgia Celebrates Online Commencement 

On Thursday, May 21, the age-old tradition of commencement, complete with Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” was celebrated by PCOM Georgia graduates and their loved ones through the present-day convenience of social media. The 40-minute online ceremony for the 128 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine graduates premiered on Facebook and YouTube on May 21 at 10:30 AM. More than 400 screens were tuned in to the ceremony at the same time with views continuing.

Ulyanan Dashkevych

A Far-Fetched Dream Come True: My Journey to Becoming a First-Generation Physician

Growing up in Ukraine, Ulyanan Dashkevych, DO, fell in love with science at an early age, but lacked a blueprint for how to apply that love into a career. In her first appearance on the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) Health Blog, Dr. Dashkevych reflects on her early inspirations, and recalls the journey she took to become a first-generation physician. Read more of her story online.

KPCOM's International Outreach Club Executive Board poses for a group shotInternational Medical Outreach Club Donates $5,000 to Broward Health Foundation

The Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM)’s International Medical Outreach Club (IMOC) Executive Board displayed its compassion by donating $5,000 to the Broward Health Foundation. The funds were donated to provide COVID-19-related support in the Broward County community. Read more about the initiative on Facebook.   

AZCOM and CCOM Celebrate Graduates with Virtual Ceremonies 

Midwestern University celebrated graduates from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) with separate virtual commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 22. A total of 430 graduates earned their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Midwestern University. More than half (57.5%) of the graduates matched to primary care residencies, while the rest of the class will begin residencies in fields such as general surgery, psychiatry, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, and neurology. 

Screen shot of TUCOM's virtual commencement

TUCOM-CA Participates in Virtual Graduation

The Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine–California (TUCOM-CA) Class of 2020 celebrated its virtual commencement on Wednesday, May 27. At the event, the reading of names concluded with a wonderfully cacophonous virtual group reading of the Osteopathic Oath! See special words of congratulations to the class on Facebook.

screen shot of NYITCOM's virtual commencement

NYITCOM at Arkansas State Celebrates Commencement of Inaugural Class 

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University (NYITCOM-Arkansas) held a virtual commencement for our inaugural class last week. The event recognized the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 and those who led the effort to establish the first osteopathic medical school in the state of Arkansas and included a prerecorded speech from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others. Read more on the NYIT website.

Finding a New Normal as Students, Educators, and Parents

For the May issue of Rocky Vista University (RVU)'s Vista View newsletter, students, faculty, and staff shared their stories of how they are adjusting to remote learning and social distancing. Learn more online.

Screen shot of UNECOM's virtual graduation

UNE COM’s Virtual Graduation

In the wake of COVID-19, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) held its graduation ceremony virtually to celebrate the Class of 2020. With the combined efforts of multiple departments within the University, and some incredible vendors, regalia was shipped to over 160 students across the U.S. and Canada in time for the ceremony.