The graduate programs commencement ceremony was held at the Gas South Convention Center
in Duluth on July 27, 2021.
Seventy-seven graduate students received their diplomas from Philadelphia College
of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) President Jay S. Feldstein, DO ‘81, at PCOM Georgia’s commencement ceremony held Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The event,
attended by family, friends and faculty members took place at the Gas South Convention
Center in Duluth.
Dr. Feldstein addressed the graduates saying, “Your class is different in ways that
I cannot fathom. You had to navigate your graduate studies amid a global pandemic,
amid uncommon political unrest, amid sweeping movements against racism and for equity
and justice; yet, you did so with grace determination, dignity and courage.”
Lori Redmond, PhD, director of the biomedical sciences program and a professor of anatomy, said she
knew there were big smiles under the graduates’ masked faces as they sat in socially
Redmond quoted a fellow faculty member’s observation who said, “I was amazed by how
much the students learned and am inspired by their resilience. They keep me optimistic
about our future and I am more grateful than they know for that gift.” She then challenged
the students to make personal and professional growth a lifelong goal.
“Be kind. Be humble. Be respectful. Speak for those without a voice.” This was the
charge Laura Levy, DHSc, PA-C, chair and professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, presented.
She said, “The work was not easy because being a healthcare provider is not easy.
The responsibility you will bear for patients is tremendous. You have chosen a rigorous,
but noble profession, and you have earned the right to practice.”
The theme of hope and sacrifice permeated keynote speaker John Fleischmann, EdD, MBA,
MPA’s remarks. The retired founding chief executive officer of PCOM Georgia also received
an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the college for his “demonstrated
commitment to quality performance and leadership in education” through his 30-year
career, not only with PCOM Georgia, but also with Georgia State University and the
University System of Georgia Board of Regents.
After answering their final roll call, the class of 2021 turned their tassels from
right to left as the audience erupted in applause.
Lauren Miller, MS/PA ‘21, described her feelings about graduation. She said, “I am
very lucky to have been a part of the class of 2021. The students, the faculty have
all been wonderful and I think we’ve all shown our resilience, our flexibility and
the ability to overcome what we have been through over the past year. It’s really
amazing and special that we get to be here today celebrating in person together before
we embark on our careers.”
Other graduates shared their plans for next year. John Price, MS/PA ’21, will work
in urology at a practice in Atlanta, and Kyle Mace, MS/PA ’21, will work as a physician
assistant in the operating room at University Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. Laurie’l
Latimer, MS/Biomed ’21, with a medical simulation concentration, will be a DO student
at PCOM South Georgia in Moultrie this fall.
Prior to graduation, 23 students, members of the Alpha Psi chapter of Alpha Epsilon
Lambda, a national honor society for graduate and professional school students, were
honored at a graduation brunch.
In addition, seven biomedical sciences graduates received awards, while four physician
assistant studies graduates were recognized, all for their distinguished academic
performance and service to the College and the community.
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, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
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. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. 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 pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
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