LECOM holds 15th Commencement in Erie

Degrees go to 388 members of the Class of 2011.

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine held its fifteenth commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 29 at the Louis J. Tullio Arena in Erie, Pa. On the authority of the Board of Trustees, LECOM President John M. Ferretti DO conferred degrees to 242 medical students, 124 pharmacy students, 18 Master of Science in Medical Education students, and four Master of Science in Biomedical Science students.

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Provost Silvia M. Ferretti, DO presented the candidates to receive the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Science Degrees. The provost led the new osteopathic physicians as they took their professional oath that calls upon them to be mindful of the great responsibility they are taking to preserve the health and life of their patients.

Pharmacy Dean Hershey S. Bell, M.D. led Oath of the Pharmacist, which also calls upon the new Doctors of Pharmacy to apply the knowledge they've gained for the welfare of humanity, the relief of suffering and to assure optimal outcomes for their patients.

LECOM medical graduates now begin osteopathic internships or residencies or go into specialized medical programs. Pharmacy graduates will get jobs working in community pharmacies, hospital or clinical pharmacies, or long-term care facilities. Others will pursue specialized pharmacy residency programs.

With graduation on Memorial Day weekend, the ceremony included a special recognition of the graduates who are continuing their medical education as members of the U. S. Armed Services, along with family members who are either active duty or veterans.

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While the family members in the audience applauded these new healthcare professionals, Board of Trustee Chairman Michael Visnosky asked the graduates to in turn applaud those people who stood by them through the years of study that it took to become physicians and pharmacists.

Several members of the graduating class participated in commencement as standard bearers carrying the banners of the College and its Millcreek Health System Affiliates. Robert B. Allison II, DO, College of Medicine class president and Nathan J. Dahl, PharmD, School of Pharmacy class president led their classmates into the auditorium. Academic leaders carrying the health system standards included, Arpit A. Patel, Peter W. Thomas, John A. Treven, and Meggen A. Walsh of the College of Medicine; and Jesse J. Shilot and Cory J. Ulisse of the School of Pharmacy. Faculty marshals included Philip B. Hultgren, Ph.D. and Kimberly A. Burns, JD.

LECOM Bradenton will hold its commencement on Sunday, June 5. The first class of pharmacy students from the Florida campus will receive their degrees alongside the osteopathic medicine degree candidates.


The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, LECOM School of Dental Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. Prepare yourself for medicine as your life’s profession.

May 29, 2011
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