When May 14, 2011

Where Baldwin Hall Auditorium, Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo.

Programs Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Master of Biomedical Sciences

Notable This year’s event marks KCOM’s 175th commencement.

Keynote John Crosby, J.D., executive director of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Crosby joined the AOA as executive director in 1997, following eight years of service as senior vice president for health policy at the American Medical Association. During his AOA tenure, the association has increased membership more than 125 percent, doubled its contingency reserve, and launched numerous programmatic initiatives to advance women’s health, minority health, end-of-life care, and health system reform. His most notable accomplishments include the Campaign for Osteopathic Unity to make “D.O.” a household word throughout the United States, the first unified convention in the history of the AOA, the establishment of the Osteopathic International Alliance, the AOA’s Branding Initiative, and its current Greatness Campaign. “Each of you is ready to be a D.O,” Crosby said. “There are many ways to show your commitment as a D.O., and as future alumni of this great university, you must look at those who came before you and continue to learn in order for you to lead our profession into the future.”

Honorary degree John Crosby, J.D., awarded Doctor of Laws

Military commissioning ceremony

Quotable “There were a lot of very good times here in Kirksville,” said Bridget Casey, D.O., ’11. “White Coat was pretty great, but today will be my best memory at ATSU.”

“I’m honored to know what a responsibility and privilege it is to be in our position,” said Carl Lundberg, D.O., ’11. “I feel like I have achieved a dream and a life goal that will help make the rest of my life enjoyable and exciting.”

“It is an indescribable feeling to graduate. It feels like you have been in a tunnel for years and finally, the light hits you,” said Chris Wood, D.O., ’11. “The people will be what I remember most. The close friends and the tight-knit community have made this journey unbelievable.”

Who 185 total grads, 176 D.O.s, 15 Biomedical Science grads, 3 dual D.O./M.S., 113 men, 72 women, 8 countries represented, 36 states represented, 29 average age, 12 Army, 6 Air Force, 8 Navy