California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was the keyonte speaker for the colleges of Podiatric Medicine and Allied Health Professions May 20, 2015 during WesternU's 34th annual Commencement ceremonies at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. (Jeff Malet, WesternU)

WesternU’s Commencement ceremonies in Pasadena, California May 18-20, 2016 will provide graduates with plenty of reasons to celebrate. (Jeff Malet, WesternU)

About 1,000 graduates will earn degrees from Western University of Health Sciences at Commencement ceremonies May 18-20, 2016 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The College of Allied Health Professions and the College of Podiatric Medicine will kick off the festivities at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18. Wm. Jahmal Miller, MHA, deputy director of the California Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity, will give the keynote address. The College of Pharmacy and the College of Dental Medicine ceremony will follow at 3 p.m., with American Dental Association President Carol Gomez Summerhays, DDS, serving as the guest speaker.

The College of Graduate Nursing and College of Optometry open the second day of celebrations at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 19. Nicholas Webb, a world-renowned innovation thought leader and health care futurist, will give the keynote address. The College of Veterinary Medicine will follow at 3 p.m., featuring keynote speaker Cathy King, DVM, MS, PhD, CEO and founder of World Vets, one of the largest veterinary aid organizations in the world.

WesternU’s Commencement ceremonies in Pasadena conclude at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 20 with the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences and the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP). David S. Bredt, MD, PhD, global head of neuroscience discovery for Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Group, will give the keynote address.

Among the notable milestones in 2016 are:

The Master of Science in Health Sciences program, part of the College of Allied Health Professions, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The College of Pharmacy is celebrating its 20th anniversary and will surpass 2,000 graduates at its ceremony. COMP, WesternU’s founding college, will surpass 5,000 graduates.

COMP-Northwest, WesternU’s Lebanon, Oregon campus, will hold its second Commencement ceremony June 3, 2016. At the conclusion of all Commencement ceremonies, WesternU will have more than 13,000 alumni.