College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2017 graduates celebrate Commencement. WesternU will hold its 2018 Commencement ceremonies May 23-25 in Pasadena, California. (Jeff Malet, WesternU)

About 1,100 Western University of Health Sciences graduates will take the stage at Commencement ceremonies in Pasadena, California and Lebanon, Oregon to celebrate a milestone in their careers.

“I am honored to celebrate this Commencement with you, after your many years of hard work and commitment that have brought us to this day,” WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, said in a message to graduates.

WesternU will award diplomas to nearly 1,000 graduates during five Commencement ceremonies for its nine colleges May 23-25, 2018 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. About 100 COMP-Northwest graduates will celebrate Commencement June 1, 2018 on WesternU’s Lebanon campus. COMP Vice Dean and alumnus David Connett, DO ’84, FACOFP dist., will serve as the COMP-Northwest keynote speaker. At the end of these festivities, WesternU will have more than 15,000 alumni.

The celebration begins with the College of Dental Medicine and the College of Pharmacy at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 23. The keynote speaker will be Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein Inc., the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners, with more than 22,000 Team Schein Members and operations or affiliates in 34 countries.

Bergman will also serve as the keynote speaker for the College of Veterinary Medicine, which will celebrate Commencement at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24 

The College of Allied Health Professions and the College of Podiatric Medicine Commencement ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. May 23. The keynote speaker will be Richard T. Pitts, DO, PhD, vice president for clinically integrated networks and senior medical director in the Saint Joseph Heritage Healthcare (SJHH) system for Orange and Los Angeles counties.

The College of Graduate Nursing and the College of Optometry will hold Commencement at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 24. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Daniel Weberg, a nurse leader and expert in human-centered patient design and simulation and health care innovation. He is an author, leadership scholar and the senior director for innovation and leadership for Kaiser Permanente’s National Nursing Strategy Department.

WesternU’s Pasadena ceremonies conclude with the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences and the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 25. The keynote speaker will be Howard J. Federoff, PhD, MD, professor of neurology and former vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.