School of Pharmacy Class of 2016
Georgia Campus—Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) will hold the College’s eighth annual commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 27 in the Tommy P. Hughes Grand Ballroom at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.
At 11 a.m., about 58 candidates will receive Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degrees, and around 100 students will be awarded Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) School of Pharmacy. The Class of 2016 is the third graduating class for PCOM School of Pharmacy which is located on the Georgia Campus. During a second ceremony at 3:30 p.m., about 128 students will be awarded Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degrees.
The commencement ceremonies will each feature a distinguished speaker. United States Representative Earl L. “Buddy” Carter will address the graduates at the 11 a.m. ceremony. The only pharmacist currently in Congress, Carter is serving his first term in the United States House of Representatives and is a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, as well as the committees on Homeland Security and Oversight and Government Reform.
John R. Potts III, MD, will speak at the 3:30 p.m. ceremony. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Southern Surgical Association, the American Surgical Association and the Southeastern Surgical Congress, Dr. Potts became the Senior Vice President for Surgical Accreditation at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in 2012.
In honor of the graduating students, the College hosted a Commencement Dinner Dance at the Infinite Energy Center on May 24. Other pre-commencement activities have included honors brunches, graduation rehearsals, and class photographs followed by a barbecue.
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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