College president Jay S. Feldstein, DO, quoted Maya Angelou during his commencement address to the Class of 2016. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” He said he hoped the graduates felt proud, but humbled, felt a sense of gratitude, while possessing a sense of awe “knowing that you will be entrusted to the care of families.” He concluded, “I hope that today you feel joyful and triumphant in your accomplishment.”
Georgia Campus—Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) held the College’s eighth annual commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 27 in the Tommy P. Hughes Grand Ballroom of the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.
United States Representative Earl L. “Buddy” Carter from Georgia’s District 1 addressed the graduates at the morning ceremony. He urged the students to contemplate the importance, the significance and the responsibility of their accomplishments. “There was a time,” he said, “when I thought the greatest joy was being loved. Now I know the greatest joy is giving love.” The only pharmacist currently in Congress, Carter is serving his first term in the United States House of Representatives.
John R. Potts III, MD, spoke at the afternoon ceremony. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Southern Surgical Association, the American Surgical Association and the Southeastern Surgical Congress, Dr. Potts is the Senior Vice President for Surgical Accreditation at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. He reminded the graduates that they’re like “a turtle on the fence post. You didn’t get there by yourself.” He said, “Today your names will change. Your first name will be doctor.”
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine which has a storied history as a premier osteopathic medical school. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500.
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