Commencement 2015
Congratulations to the more than 1,000 WesternU graduates who celebrated Commencement May 20-22, 2015 in Pasadena, California. Click here to read more about Commencement speaker Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor of California. Check back later this week for full coverage and photo galleries from all the ceremonies on WesternU’s website, WesternU’s social media sites also feature photos and news from the Commencement ceremonies. Follow us @WesternUNews on Instagram and Twitter, and find us at WesternUniversityofHealthSciences onFacebook. Search for the hashtag #WesternU2015 to find Commencement posts.

The inaugural Commencement for COMP-Northwest will be held June 5, 2015 on the COMP-Northwest campus, 200 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, Oregon, celebrating the accomplishments of 100 graduates.
Click here to visit the COMP-Northwest Commencement website:
Click here to read more about the COMP-Northwest Commencement keynote speakers. Let’s make COMP-Northwest’s first Commencement memorable with this hashtag – #COMPNW2015. You and your family can play an instrumental role on social media by helping us make a virtual scrapbook.

Dr. Pumerantz Remembers
WesternU Founding President Philip Pumerantz will reflect on his tenure at WesternU from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 28. Dr. Pumerantzannounced that he will retire in September. Watch the webcast live at

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Babak Faramarzi was recently awarded the prestigious Zoetis Research Excellence Award. The purpose of this award is to foster innovative research, on which the scientific advancement of the profession depends, by recognizing outstanding research effort and productivity.

The Zoetis Excellence Teaching Award went to Dr. Josep Rutllant, recipient of this prestigious award for the second time. The award recognizes outstanding teachers who contribute significantly to the advancement of the veterinary medical education through ability, dedication, character and leadership.

From University Advancement:

Humanism in the Health Sciences
The new edition of Humanism in Health Sciences magazine has arrived. The theme of the 2014-15 edition is “Cultivating Identity.” An electronic copy of the magazine is available online at Past editions of Humanism Magazine, and other WesternU publications, are available at The award-winning Humanism in Health Sciences is written by students, alumni, faculty and staff, and edited by WesternU students. It is published annually and distributed free of charge.

Towne & Gown Golf Classic
WesternU invites everyone to an exciting day of golf to benefit the Towne & Gown Endowed Scholarship Fund. The 5th Annual Towne & Gown Golf Classic will take place Monday, June 22, 2015 at Red Hill Country Club, 8358 Red Hill Country Club Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 91730. Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start with reception and awards to follow. Proceeds will benefit the Towne & Gown Endowed Scholarship thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS, and our sponsors. Contact Austin Braunwalder at 909-469-8495,, or Susan Terrazas at 909-706-3476, Visit the website at
Click here for Save the Date information. Click here for the Towne & Gown brochure.

Helicopter Drop
Everyone is invited to join the Towne & Gown Golf Classic Helicopter Drop. Whether you’re at the golf course or not, you will be able to tune in and catch the live streaming action. The helicopter team will dump numbered golf balls over a designated hole, and the owner of the ball that lands in the hole (or closest to the pin) will win the 50-50 cash prize. This is another exciting way to benefit the Towne & Gown Endowed Scholarship Fund. Contact Austin Braunwalder at 909-469-8495 or for more information. Click here to view the flier.

Alumni news
The WesternU Alumni Association hosted a reception in San Francisco during the American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference Sunday, May 24. About three dozen people attended, including alumni from COMP and all three CAHP programs.
Pictures from the event can be found at