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

Medicine.

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

Pasadena.

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 –

9:30 a.m.

College of Veterinary Medicine, Friday, May 11, 2007 – 3:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit our website at

http://www.westernu.edu/commencement/