ATHENS, Ohio (May 25, 2004) -- On Saturday, June 5, 2004, at 10 a.m., commencement exercises for Ohio University's College of Osteopathic Medicine will be held at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The members of OU-COM's Class of 2004, its 25th graduating class, will receive doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees. The commencement is held separately from Ohio University's general graduate commencement.
A total of 105 members of the class of 2004 will receive their D.O. degrees at the ceremony. The 2004 graduating class consists of 68 males and 37 females, which includes 23 minority students.
"This was a very important class to me because I dealt with them both in a faculty role and as dean," said Dean Jack Brose, D.O. "They are an extremely capable class. They are intelligent, and I have always been struck by their professionalism as a class."
This year's commencement speaker is Leonard Calabrese, D.O., vice chairman of the department of rheumatic and immunologic diseases at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Calabrese is a leading physician and researcher in rheumatic diseases, and immunologic and infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
"Leonard Calabrese is one of the premier researchers in our profession and is a nationally known expert in his field," Brose said. "He has a long relationship with the college. He has spoken here before and he is a loyal supporter of the college."
Ohio University President Robert Glidden, Ph.D., will act as presiding officer, while R. Gregory Browning, Ph.D., a member of the university's board of trustees, will convene the commencement. Also speaking at the graduation will be Suzanne Morgan, a representative of the Class of 2004; William Burke, D.O. ('96), past chairman of the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors; Paul Martin, D.O., president of the Ohio Osteopathic Association; and Thomas Anderson, D.O. ('83), president of the OU-COM Society of Alumni and Friends.
Brose will present the outstanding student awards, including the Osteopathic Heritage Award, Dean's Award, Family Practice Award, Specialty Medicine Award, Obstetrics and Gynecology Award, Pediatrics Award, Geriatric Medicine/Gerontology Award-Ohio Department of Aging, Social Medicine-Medical Humanities Award, Biomedical Science Award, Student D.O. of the Year Award and the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education site awards. Additionally, he will announce the recipient of the Donna Moritsugu Award, which is given to a medical student's spouse in recognition of his or her support.
Following the commencement address, Provost Stephen J. Kopp, Ph.D., will preside over the conferral of degrees to the Class of 2004. Brose, who will hood each graduate, says that the commencement exercises always fill him with great pride.
"Graduation is an emotional experience for me; it always has been," Brose said. "It strikes me as a profound moment to walk to the stage as a lay person, and then walk back to your seat and sit down as a physician. I don't know of a more emotional moment during graduation. For me, personally, hooding the graduates and congratulating them on becoming a physician is a tremendous honor. I can't think of a bigger honor than that."
Following the conferral of degrees, Brose will lead the Class of 2004 in reciting the Osteopathic Oath, which will be followed by the singing of "Alma Mater, Ohio."
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