At the heart of commencement

Loving ATSU isn’t hard to do — especially when honoring hundreds of bright, compassionate graduates who walk the stage each year at commencement. You know the procession by heart, but here is what stole ours at this summer’s celebrations.

Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine | May 12 commencement

Tears of joy

Dr. Judy Hsu (right)

ATSU President Emeritus Jack Magruder, EdD, was emotional when KCOM Dean Margaret Wilson, DO, ’82, surprised him on stage with a public tribute, thanking him for his leadership. “I feel pretty special about this class,” Dr. Magruder said. “We came together four years ago, and we leave together.”

58 people in stage party
109 ceremony length in minutes
187 applause breaks
157 grads

Innovators’ Gala

School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona | June 8 commencement

Dressed to impress

Phoenix’s Comerica Theater was aglow in a sea of emerald green commencement regalia. A symbol of students’ dedication to helping others, the wearing of robes and hoods at graduation dates back to medieval times.

14 keynote address length in minutes
13 no. of times Dr. A.T. Still was mentioned
92 grads

Arizona School of Health Sciences | August 4 commencement

This was the first time many online students had met face to face.

Double the fun

ASHS hosted two commencement ceremonies during which degrees were awarded in audiology, physical therapy, health sciences, human movement, physician assistant studies, and occupational therapy (online and residential programs). This was Dr. Craig M. Phelps’ first and second graduations serving as ATSU president.

2 ceremonies
10 no. of times body, mind, spirit was mentioned
418 grads

ASDOH grads take the Oath to the Profession at commencement.

Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health | June 8 commencement

Strength in numbers

ASDOH is now the alma mater of the largest-ever cohort of American Indians believed to graduate from a U.S. dental school. Six American Indian students took an oath to provide compassionate oral healthcare to rural and underserved communities, including the reservations where they grew up.

62 people in stage party
1 honorary degree
110 ceremony length in minutes
68 grads