For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

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Touro University California Celebrates Its 2012 Graduates

(Vallejo, CA – June 5, 2012)– New beginnings were launched on Sunday at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco as Touro University California, located on Mare Island in Vallejo, recognized the graduating class of 2012, representing students from the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, and Education and Health Sciences. 

The afternoon commencement was held for 317 students representing each campus college, including 130 students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine, 92 from the College of Pharmacy, and 95 from the College of Education and Health Sciences. 

“We are proud of the exemplary achievement, determination and leadership of our talented and accomplished graduates,” said Dr. Marilyn Hopkins, DNSc, Provost and COO of Touro University California (TUC). “We congratulate these students as they transition from TUC graduates to alumni.” 

More than 2,000 guests watched this rite of passage as TUC students transformed into masters and doctors. Adorned in caps, gowns and colorful hoods indicating their fields of study, students crossed the stage to shake hands with Dr. Alan Kadish, M.D., President and CEO of Touro College and University, Dr. Michael Harter, Ph.D., Senior Provost and CEO of Touro University, and Dr. Marilyn Hopkins of TUC. 

Speakers for the commencement included students Jennifer Taing, representing the College of Education and Health Sciences; Amanda Morris from the College of Pharmacy; and Paul Elizondo from the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“Graduating from Touro has certainly been bittersweet. I will dearly miss all of my classmates as we enter the next stage of our careers but look forward to what the future holds,” said Amanda Morris, student speaker. “I was incredibly honored to represent the College of Pharmacy as the student commencement speaker. Looking out at all of my classmates, our friends and families is something that I will never forget.”

Light refreshments were served for students and their families after the ceremony.

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit or call 707-638-5200.