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Commencement

Class of 2020

A Message to the Community

Dear Members of the PCOM Community:

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that our traditional Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Commencement Exercises, to be held this May in Philadelphia and in Georgia, will be canceled. PCOM Georgia Biomedical Sciences students, who are on a different academic schedule, will receive notification about alternative Commencement plans. Given the directives of public health and government agencies regarding the coronavirus outbreak, it is inconceivable that we could convene such a large gathering this spring.

I am truly saddened that we had to make this decision, but we feel the need to protect the health and well-being of our graduates, their families and friends, and the larger College community during this uncertain time.

It will be a little longer before we know the details, but we do intend to give the Class of 2020 as full a celebration as possible. The College is in the process of working with student representatives to develop alternative celebratory plans. We will be communicating updates soon.

Now is a difficult moment. Thank you for working together to do what is right even though it means altering traditions we all cherish. Change does not take away the pride we hold as we recognize our graduating students and their countless successes and profound contributions to the life of our community.

Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81
President and Chief Executive Officer

 

Commencement FAQs


Will there be a virtual ceremony?

We will work with student representatives and administration to determine the best possible option for our graduates. Know that we will make every effort to help you celebrate this incredible accomplishment.

Will these changes apply to all the academic programs?

These changes apply to the PCOM DO Program and the PCOM Georgia DO and PharmD commencement programs. PCOM Georgia Biomedical Sciences students, who are on a different academic schedule, will receive notification about alternative Commencement plans.

What is Student Affairs planning (if anything) for the students in place of commencement?

Student Affairs is aware of how important this day is for our graduates. While the ceremony cannot go on as initially planned, we are committed to working with the class leadership to make sure that you are acknowledged and celebrated.

Can we do something commemorative on campus?

The Administration understands the sacrifices that the Class of 2020 has had to endure as a result of the COVID-19. We are open to discussions about what we can do to commemorate this class's resiliency during this pandemic.

Will individual students still be recognized?

Our goal is to look at options to recognize each graduate.

Is there a plan to have the commencement speaker give the address virtually?

Having the speaker provide a commencement address is still an option. Once we decide on how to move forward, we will explore the options for the commencement speaker to address the students by video.

How/when will students actually receive their diplomas?

Students are eligible to receive their diplomas on or after the date originally identified for commencement. Student Affairs will work with the Registrar's Office to identify a plan for distribution.

Will I still be able to get my cap, gown and hood?

Yes, Student Affairs will work out a plan to ensure that each student receives their regalia.

Can we still get a program with our names and residency information?

Yes the plan is still to provide each graduate with a commencement program that they can share with their families.

Will the dinner dance be rescheduled or canceled?

We know and value the important place the Dinner Dance holds for our students. Unfortunately the Dinner Dance will be canceled. Again we will work with your leadership to determine how we can acknowledge the class and the award recipients.

How will military students be recognized?

Acknowledging the military students will also be a part of the discussion we have with class leadership. We will make every effort to recognize their service.

Will a student representative be given the opportunity to address the class?

Traditionally we have not allowed a graduate to speak during the ceremony, we think it only right that, under these most unusual circumstances, we will allow a representative from the class to address the class, congratulate you for your accomplishments and thank you for your understanding.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

For additional information please contact studentaffairs@pcom.edu.

PCOM Commencement Ceremonies

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TBD
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement
Details to be announced.
 
July 28, 2020
Graduate Programs Commencement
noon 
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA

PCOM Georgia Commencement Ceremonies

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TBD
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement
Details to be announced. 
 
TBD
Doctor of Pharmacy and Graduate Programs Commencement
Details to be announced. 
 
July 29, 2020
Physician Assistant Studies Commencement
11 a.m.
Infinite Energy Forum
Duluth, GA