Commencement 2011

The 30th Annual Commencement Exercises for Western University of Health Sciences will be held on May 19-20, 2011 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, Calif. Here are some important reminders to graduates regarding commencement. Please forward to friends and family as appropriate. Click here to read a story about commencement.

Live webcast: We are pleased to announce that the commencement ceremonies will be webcast live at Please let those who are not attending know, so they can watch you online!

Graduate Reminders

Regalia: Remember your cap, gown and tassel. A bag/coat check will be provided in the Gold Room. Also, if you purchased your own hood from the Bookstore, remember to give it to your family hooders. Remember that your family hooders need to bring their Family Hooder Floor Passes to be admitted to the Loge Family Hooder Seating area.

Commencement website: The commencement website at has all kinds of useful information including parking maps, directions, and instructions. Please pull all necessary information from the site before heading to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium!

Ordering Photos: Many professional photos will be taken at graduation – if you’re interested in purchasing any of these photos please check the commencement website for more information.

Guest Reminders

Doors Close Early: The front doors will close at 9:20 for AM ceremonies and 2:50 for PM ceremonies and will re-open after the processional, invocation and national anthem. It’s essential that all of your guests are seated in the auditorium prior to the doors closing. If your friends/relatives tend to be late… you might tell them it starts 30 minutes earlier.

Tickets Required (for CAHP/CGN and COMP/GCBS ceremonies): Remember your tickets, as all attendees must have a ticket to enter the auditorium! All tickets have been distributed to graduates so we unfortunately do not have any more to give.

College of Allied Health Professions

College of Graduate Nursing

Thursday, May 19, 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Senator Ed Hernandez, OD

24th California Senate District

College of Pharmacy

Thursday, May 19, 3 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: William A. Zellmer, BSPharm, MPH

Consultant, writer and speaker on strategic and professional issues in pharmacy practice

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

Friday, May 20, 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: John B. Crosby, JD

Executive Director, American Osteopathic Association

College of Veterinary Medicine

Friday, May 20, 3 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Trout, MA, VETMB, DACVS, ECVS

Author and staff surgeon at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Mathew Wedel of COMP and CPM is co-author on a new paper in the Journal of Zoology titled, “The long necks of sauropods did not evolve primarily through sexual selection.” A PDF of the paper is available here:

Dr. Lony Castro, chair of the Department of Ob-Gyn, will be giving a CME talk at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, Calif. on Thursday, May 19, 2011. This presentation is part of San Bernardino County’s Labor Induction Education Project, a Title V-supported Local Assistance for Maternal Health Project which has as its goal a reduction in pregnancy related morbidity and mortality in San Bernardino County by decreasing the rate of labor inductions performed for non-medical reasons. Dr. Castro is chair of the scientific advisory council for this community-based project.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, was one of more than 15 presenters at the Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School (MASS) annual career fair held recently with more than 175 students and parents in attendance. Stern MASS opened in 2006 as a unique public charter high school collaboration and is located on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. The school is designed to prepare students from East Los Angeles to be successful in four-year colleges and to be able to pursue doctoral degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Minhchau Vu, PharmD ’08, and Anandi Law, BPharm, MS, PhD, Department Chair, Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Administration, recently had an article resulting from an Advanced Elective project published in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. The title is “Goal-attainment scaling: A review and applications to pharmacy practice.” Following graduation, Dr. Vu completed a Prescription Solutions residency and currently works at Kaiser inpatient pharmacy in Riverside. Click here to view the article.

Congratulations to Dr. David Min and his co-authors for the following publication: Yang Jw, Hutchinson IV, Shah T, Min DI. Genetic and Clinical Risk Factors of New-Onset Diabetes After Transplantation in Hispanic kidney transplant recipients. Transplantation 2011;91:1114-1119.

Dr. Jesse Martinez and his entrepreneurial course was featured in the NCPA’s America’s Pharmacist journal and recognized in the CPhA CEO Message. The article also features photos of WesternU alumni Sarkis “Sako” Jarakian and his wife, Susan Ter Abelian. Click here to read the article.

From University Advancement:

Towne & Gown Golf Classic

WesternU invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships. WesternU’s “Towne & Gown Golf Classic” on Monday, June 20, 2011 is a scramble-format tournament with on-course contests to make for an enjoyable day on the links, regardless of your skill as a golfer. One par-3 hole will include a $25,000 Hole in One competition.

Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. at the Glendora Country Club, 310 Amelia Ave., Glendora, Calif., followed by a noon shotgun start. Reception will follow.

Cost is $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the University Scholarship Fund thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is Thursday, June 9, 2011.

“We hope to raise money for student scholarships,” Dr. Chen said. “I’ve been very fortunate, and I’m pleased to give back by helping WesternU students.”

For more information or to sign up, contact Susan Terrazas, 909-706-3476,; or Alessa Galvan, 909-469-5436,; or visit


Pomona Police Open House

The Pomona Police Department Community Open House will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at the Pomona Police Station, 390 W. Mission Blvd., Pomona. Everyone is invited to take a tour of the station.

For more information contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 909-620-2318. Click here to view a flier.