Touro University graduates more than 500 at 2018 commencement ceremony

Vallejo Times-Herald

Touro University California officials this week handed degrees to more than 500 newly minted graduates, the Vallejo school announced.

The Jewish nonprofit institute of higher learning’s faculty and staff, along with community members, special guest speakers, students and their families, celebrated their annual commencement ceremony, at which 551 degrees were conferred in the areas of medicine, public health and education, on Tuesday and Wednesday, officials said.

Commencement celebrations began Tuesday morning honoring students of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, where attendees heard from Robert Hendren, who has been listed in Best Doctors Inc.’s “The Best Doctors in America,” since its inception in 1996, officials said. Fellow student Brendan Leach also spoke, they said.

Later that evening, Education and Health Sciences College students crossed the stage at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. After remarks from Constance Kadish, wife of Touro College and University System’s president, and others, graduates heard from their fellow students who spoke about how their time at the school “taught them not only how to be effective leaders in their respective fields, but also of the importance of their impact on the communities they work in,” school officials said.

On Wednesday morning, faculty and staff honored students from the College of Pharmacy, where attendees heard from Liz Helms, President and CEO of the California Chronic Care Coalition and from Golnoush Golshan who served as president of the Student Government Association.

Provost and Chief Academic Officer Sarah Sweitzer, says she’s confident “every graduate will use this experience to live a life of great impact while continually upholding these values: respect for the inherent value and dignity of each individual, acceptance and appreciation of diversity, and compassion and service to society.”

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