WesternU Kicks Off Three Days of Commencement Ceremonies

President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, and College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) Dean Lawrence B. Harkless, DPM, with CPM’s first graduate Rahul Kurian Abraham. (Jeff Malet, WesternU)

Western University of Health Sciences President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, presided over his first Commencement ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California May 17, 2017.

The College of Allied Health Professions conferred diplomas on 181 graduates in three disciplines: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Science in Health Sciences. The College of Podiatric Medicine celebrated 35 Doctor of Podiatric Medicine graduates.

Wilson told the graduates that they would leave the auditorium as health professionals, and this was no accident.

“You chose a life of compassionate, humanistic service to others. But never forget, this life also chose you. It was meant to be you who offers a kind word, an understanding ear, a healing touch. It was you who was chosen not just for your skilled hands, but for your caring heart. It was you upon whom great authority and responsibility is placed, to be exercised with dignity, humility and grace.”

The morning ceremony was the first of five WesternU Commencement ceremonies in Pasadena that will run through Friday, May 19. WesternU’s COMP-Northwest campus in Lebanon, Oregon, will graduate about 95 students on June 2, 2017.

WesternU will award 1,086 diplomas between the two campuses. At the conclusion of all Commencement ceremonies, WesternU will have more than 14,400 alumni.

College of Allied Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy Education graduate Brus Layson, DPT ’17, said WesternU has done a good job preparing him for the workforce. He will…

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