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Touro University California 2016 Commencement brings 449 Healthcare and Educational Leaders

(Vallejo, CA – May 26, 2016) – Zubin Sedghi, who will be graduating from Touro University California on May 31st, 2016, took a six-year hiatus as a touring musician before becoming a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

His touring gig across the United States with a band called Tally Hall brought much success to the young musician but the focus was too self-centered, he admitted. Instead, with a bachelor of science in Neuroscience in hand, and a determination to do good will, Sedghi turned to medicine.

“I felt that being a doctor would allow for me to do inherent goodness in the community and Touro provided me the opportunity,” he said. “The environment is encouraging, supportive and responsive. But more importantly, the professors and students steered me in the direction to achieve my goals.”

Sedghi will stand before a live audience once again as this year’s speaker for the College of Osteopathic Medicine commencement ceremony, which will take place at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, 101 Zellerback Hall #4800, in Berkeley.

“Our students are great examples of people who take what they have learned and combine it with their own talents to become the best prepared healthcare providers and educators,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro Western Division.

Provost and COO of Touro University California (TUC), Dr. Marilyn Hopkins, agreed.

“Students at our university have achieved great success in their education and are strong embodiments of Touro University California’s mission to serve, to lead, and to teach,” said Hopkins. “We have some of the most dynamic students in the country and I’m excited to have them representing our University.”

 TUC will host separate ceremonies for each of the colleges, beginning with the College of Osteopathic Medicine on Tuesday, followed by the College of Education and Health Sciences on Tuesday at 7 p.m., and the College of Pharmacy Wednesday, June 1, at 8 a.m. All ceremonies will be held at Zellerbach Hall.

Student speakers include Sedghi; Aliya Cromartie for the Graduate School of Education; Annabelle Prasad of the Public Health Program; Jordan Moon of the Joint Physician Assistant/Public Health Program; Michele Harris of the School of Nursing; and Ken Mak of the College of Pharmacy.

A total of 449 degree candidates will be celebrating the 2016 commencement, which includes 133 students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine (Doctoral Degree); 96 from the College of Pharmacy (Doctoral Degree); 30 from the School of Nursing Program (Master’s Degree); 38 from the Physician’s Assistant Program (Master’s Degree); 57 from the Master of Public Health; 15 from the Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences; 15 from the Master of Science in Medical Health Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences; and 60 from the Graduate School of Education (Master’s Degree).

Touro University California has the vision of educating caring professionals and providing quality educational programs in the fields of health care and education in concert with the Judaic commitment to social justice intellectual pursuit and service to humanity.

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 www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.