Oregon Governor Kate Brown, former Governor Barbara Roberts among Commencement speakers

Western University of Health Sciences’ Oregon campus will celebrate its fifth Commencement on Friday, May 31, 2019 on the WesternU-Oregon Campus at 200 Mullins Drive in Lebanon. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and the ceremony will begin at 10.

At Commencement, 104 medical students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest will earn their Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine. These new physicians will join more than 400 alumni who have graduated from WesternU COMP-Northwest.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown will deliver the Governor’s Address at the ceremony. Governor Brown earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She moved to Oregon to attend Lewis and Clark’s Northwestern School of Law, where she received her law degree and Certificate in Environmental Law. Prior to serving as Oregon’s 38th governor, she served as Oregon’s Secretary of State, where Governor Brown was a leader in increasing government transparency and accountability.

The keynote address will be delivered by Oregon’s 34th governor, Barbara Roberts. Governor Roberts was elected in 1990, becoming the first woman governor in Oregon and one of the first 10 female governors in the nation. She had previously held public office for 24 years, including as a school board member, community college board member, county commissioner, Oregon State representative, and Oregon Secretary of State. Governor Roberts began her public service as an unpaid legislative advocate for disabled children. She was successful in securing passage of one of the first special education laws in the nation that served children with emotional disorders. This success was a result of her efforts to help her autistic son. Over the past 40 years, Governor Roberts has served on more than 35 nonprofit boards, and currently serves on the Special Olympics of Oregon board.

More information on the ceremony may be found by visiting http://commencement.westernu.edu/lebanon.