Transition from Student to Professional | Commencement | May 19, 2023
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PCOM Honors Transition from Student to Professional 
Commencement Ceremony 2023

May 4, 2023

Professional headshot photo of Arthur L. Caplan, PhDThe pomp and pageantry of graduation season will come to 508 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) students on Friday, May 19, as they celebrate the end of one journey and the beginning of the next at the College’s 132nd Commencement.

This year’s event will be a combined ceremony celebrating the anticipated completion or completion of all degree and/or program requirements for each academic program.

The keynote speaker for this year’s event is renowned bioethicist, author and New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine professor Arthur L. Caplan, PhD. Caplan is the author or editor of thirty-five books and over 850 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Caplan has had a number of notable accomplishments over his career, including as one of the founding members of the National Marrow Donor Program which manages the Be The Match Registry of volunteer stem cell donors.

The ceremony will be held from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. For more information, visit

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