The 33rd Annual Commencement Exercises for Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., will set a record when 960 students – the most in WesternU history — from nine colleges realize their dream of becoming health care professionals. Last year, the University graduated 932 students.

The ceremonies will be held May 14-16, 2014 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St. in Pasadena. The commencement ceremonies are not open to the general public, but media is invited to attend.

Five distinguished keynote speakers will help WesternU celebrate its graduates. Hilda Solis, former United States Secretary of Labor, will address graduates from the College of Allied Health Professions (CAHP) and the College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 14.

Leo E. Rouse, DDS, FACD, interim deputy provost for health sciences, Howard University Health Sciences, and dean and clinical professor, Howard University College of Dentistry, will address graduates from the College of Pharmacy and the College of Dental Medicine at 3 p.m. May 14.

Howard A. Kahn, MPA, chief executive officer, L.A. Care Health Plan, will address graduates from the College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) and the College of Optometry at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 15.

Barbara J. Natterson-Horowitz, MD, professor of medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will address graduates from the College of Veterinary Medicine at 3 p.m. May 15.

Norman E. Vinn, DO, president of the American Osteopathic Association, will address graduates from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 16.

Of special interest:

• CAHP will award its 3,000th degree.

• Four CPM graduates will also receive their Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) degrees.

• Four CGN graduates will be receiving both their Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees.

WesternU will have more than 11,300 alumni with this new crop of graduates.