The 2007 commencement ceremonies for Western University of Health
Sciences will mark several key anniversaries. The University celebrates
its 30th anniversary, the College of Allied Health Professions celebrates
its 20th, and the College of Graduate Nursing celebrates its 10th. This
year is also the first commencement ceremony for College of Veterinary
Between the five colleges: the College of Allied Health Professions, the
College of Graduate Nursing, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the
Pacific (COMP), the College of Pharmacy and the College of Veterinary
Medicine, the University will send 517 highly qualified and motivated new
practitioners into the health professions.
“”Like all classes, this one is also a distinctive and dynamic student
body,”” said Philip Pumerantz, founding president of WesternU. “”Their
studies at WesternU are notable, especially this year, as it marks the
30th Anniversary for the University. Thirty years is an entire
generation. When I see the caliber, the commitment, and the
accomplishments of our students, I know that WesternU has successfully
educated another class of graduates who will positively impact the world.””
Commencement ceremonies will be held over two days, May 10-11, at the
Pasadena Civic Auditorium and will bring almost 9000 visitors to
On Thursday, May 10, 2006, 138 students will graduate from the College of
Allied Health Professions; 33 with a Doctor in Physical Therapy, 93 with
a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and 12 with a Master
of Science in Health Studies. In the same ceremony, 24 students will
graduate from the College of Graduate Nursing with a Master of Science in
Nursing and three more students will graduate as Family Nurse
Practitioners. Stephen C. Crane, PhD, MPH, executive vice president and
chief executive officer of the American Academy of Physician Assistants,
will give the commencement address.
Later that day (May 10), the commencement ceremony for the College of
Pharmacy will be held. One hundred and twenty students will earn
pharmacy degrees; 115 will graduate as Doctors of Pharmacy and five
students will earn a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
California Assemblyman Mervyn M. Dymally will be the commencement speaker
at this ceremony.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific will have 155 students
graduate with a Doctor in Osteopathic Medicine, on Friday, May 11. Joyce
M. Johnson, DO, MA, vice president of Health Sciences in the Health and
Life Sciences Division of Battelle Memorial Institute, is the keynote
speaker for the ceremony.
In the afternoon, the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) will hold its
first graduation. Eighty-one members of the college’s charter class
will graduate as Doctors of Veterinary Medicine. Award-winning actress
Betty White will join CVM in this landmark celebration as the
commencement speaker; she also will be awarded an honorary degree from
the college, the Doctor of Humane Veterinary Sciences in recognition of
her decades of work to promote animal welfare with the Morris Animal
Foundation and the Los Angeles Zoo.
The completion of these ceremonies will give the university 6,229
graduates from all of its programs.
The 2007 Schedule of Commencement Exercises is as follows:
College of Allied Health Professions, Thursday, May 10, 2007 – 9:30 a.m.
College of Graduate Nursing, Thursday, May 10, 2007 – 9:30 a.m.
College of Pharmacy, Thursday, May 10, 2007 – 2:00 p.m.
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Friday, May 11, 2007 –
College of Veterinary Medicine, Friday, May 11, 2007 – 3:00 p.m.
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