Heritage College 2020 Commencement ceremony postponed.
On March 18, 2020, President Nellis announced that Ohio University would be postponing the Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies. Accordingly, the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement ceremony will also be postponed, along with all of our college’s planned Commencement Week activities.
To reiterate Dr. Nellis, these decisions were made in the interest of public safety and in alignment with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The College is committed to reschedule this event for a time that is safe for our students, families and college community.
What You Need to Know
Stephen E. Markovich, M.D., brings a unique blend of knowledge and experience to his role as president and chief executive officer for OhioHealth. In addition to being a healthcare executive, he is a physician, a military leader, a teacher, author and national speaker.
After earning a Doctor of Medicine degree, magna cum laude, from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Markovich completed his residency in family medicine at Riverside Methodist. He has practiced as a family and emergency physician at Riverside Methodist and served as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University. Prior to assuming the role of president and CEO in July 2019, Dr. Markovich served as OhioHealth’s executive vice president, president and chief operating officer of OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, and senior vice president for acute care operations, among other leadership roles.
In addition to his career in medicine, Dr. Markovich has a laudable military career. He retired from his role as a major general and Commander of Ohio’s 5,000-member Air National Guard in December 2018 where he focused on strategic planning, force development and the development of future missions. Prior to that, he served as the Ohio Air National Guard’s chief of staff and the State Air Surgeon, among other roles
Guest seating and accessibility
Seating in the Convocation Center is on a first-come, first-served basis and we ask that guests refrain from saving seats. There are no tickets issued for this event or limitation on the number of guests a graduate may invite.
A sign language interpreter will be present at both the Awards and Commencement Ceremonies.
Wheelchairs will be available in the drop-off parking area to assist guests into the venue. Guests will be asked to transfer into a seat once inside the arena. There will be seats reserved for guests with limited mobility. We ask that only one additional guest sit in this section to reserve ample seats in the designated area. Wheelchair seating is available on the arena floor. If you have any questions about accommodations for the graduation ceremony, please contact the Office of Student Affairs in advance at (740) 593-2365.
For the safety and security of those attending commencement, all bags and packages entering the Convocation Center before and during the ceremony will be subject to inspection. This includes, but is not limited to purses, backpacks, camera bags and diaper bags. These are precautionary measures, and are not in response to a specific threat.
A Mamava lactation suite is available to use as a comfortable, private location for nursing and lactating individuals needing to pump or nurse. In order to utilize the Mamava suite, you will need to download the Mamava App on Apple App Store or Google Play. The app will allow you to unlock the Mamava suite in the Convocation Center.
A list of lodging in and around Athens is available online via the Athens County Visitor's Bureau.
Local bookstores have diploma frames available for purchase. For information, contact the College Bookstore at 740.594.3505. Heritage College diplomas are 15x12 inches. Announcements are available through Ohio University Printing Services.
A mentor is someone who has encouraged and fostered your academic accomplishments. They should best represent the spirit and the art of your medical education. A mentor is not required for graduation. If you select a mentor, that person will walk with you on stage at the ceremony and hood you. The criteria for mentor selection is as follows:
- Each student may choose ONE mentor for Commencement.
- The mentor must have a doctoral degree (degrees include, but are not limited to: D.O., M.D., D.D.S., D.P.M., D.V.M., D.C., D.M.D., O.D., Ph.D., J.D., etc.).
- The mentor must be an established member of the professional community who has practiced/worked in their field for a minimum of one year. Peers and fellow classmates cannot serve as mentors.
Process for mentor selection:
- The graduate identifies their mentor based on the above criteria.
- The graduate contacts their mentor to ensure that they are willing to serve as their mentor and available to attend the ceremony. Mentors are welcome to attend rehearsal on Friday, but are not required to attend.
- The graduate completes the mentor selection form to communicate their selection to the college. Graduates will receive email notification once the form becomes available. The mentor’s name will be listed in the program.
If you have additional information with regard to your mentor, please contact Beth McDonald directly.
Our Mentor Selection Survey has now closed on Monday, January 27, 2020. Now, you must contact Beth McDonald directly regarding mentor selection.
Name and Premedical Degree
Your name and premedical degree will be included in the Commencement program. Please review this information for accuracy and contact us for any edits.
A variety of travel instructions are available using GPS maps.
The address to the Convocation Center is 95 Richland Avenue, Athens, Ohio 45701.
For additional information about travel and parking, see OHIO Transportation and Parking.
View Webcast of the Ceremony
If you cannot attend the Commencement ceremony, a live webcast will be available on the day of the event here. Please note: The video stream accessible at the link below will not display the live event until the ceremony begins.
If you couldn't attend previous ceremonies or wish to view them again, the links below will take you to archived videos of the event.
Event photographs, along with graduate and mentor portraits, will be available to students for download shortly after Commencement. Students will receive an email linking to the downloadable images and will have 30 days to complete the process before the image gallery expires.
Enjoy this interactive digital version of the printed program.
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