PCOM graduates will go on to serve in numerous professional fields including healthcare,
education, forensics and more.
On Friday, July 26, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) graduated 257 master’s and doctorate-level students. These graduates will go on to
serve in a number of professional fields including healthcare, education, mental health
counseling, forensics and public health.
During the ceremony, Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, president and chief executive officer, encouraged the graduates to remember their
time at PCOM and reflect on the healthcare professionals they will now become. “No
matter your role, you must strive to be focused on the whole person,” said Dr. Feldstein.
“Feel pride in your work and always proffer a sense of compassion.”
Philip C. Kendall, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell
Professor of Psychology at Temple University, delivered the ceremony’s commencement
address. “Be honest, be human and speak truth to power,” shared Dr. Kendall. Throughout
his address, Dr. Kendall encouraged the graduates to always stand up for what’s right
and focus on pursuing progress through scientific testing. He was awarded an honorary
degree from PCOM.
PCOM also awarded honorary degrees to Thomas A. Wadden, PhD, professor of psychology
in psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
and John R. Wallace, PhD, professor of biology at Millersville University.
Gary J. Beard, PhD ’19, was the College’s first recipient of a doctor of philosophy
in educational psychology degree.
PCOM also awarded the following degrees: Master of Science in Forensic Medicine, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences,
Master of Science in School Psychology, Master of Science in Counseling and Clinical
Health Psychology, Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Master of Science
in Aging and Long-Term Care Administration, Master of Science in Public Health Management
and Administration, Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership,
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology,
Educational Specialist in School Psychology and Master of Science in Health Sciences
– Physician Assistant Studies.
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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