A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Science (ATSU-ASHS) hosted a virtual commencement for its graduating physician assistant class Friday, August 7, 2020. The ceremony was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The class of 2020 included 66 graduates who received their master of science in physician assistant studies degree.
Gary M. Wiltz, MD, served as commencement speaker for the ceremony. Dr. Wiltz is chair of ATSU’s Board of Trustees, and CEO of Teche Action Clinic, a network of 13 federally qualified community health centers in southwest Louisiana. Dr. Wiltz received his medical education at Tulane University School of Medicine and became a board-certified internist. Dr. Wiltz joined ATSU’s Board of Trustees in 2013 and was appointed board chair in 2018. Among his many honors, Dr. Wiltz received the National Association of Community Health Center’s 2018 John Gilbert Award, which recognizes people who have demonstrated a high level of excellence in the community healthcare field.
Graduates were congratulated by ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84; Norman Gevitz, PhD, ATSU senior vice president of academic affairs; and Ann Lee Burch, PT, EdD, MS, MPH, dean of ATSU-ASHS.
“Graduating class of 2020, today I stand with the Arizona School of Health Sciences’ faculty and staff in celebration of you,” Dr. Burch said. “You arrived at ATSU ready to take on the challenge of graduate school in the health profession. Now with new knowledge, skill, professionalism, and a steady commitment to compassionate integrity, you have an exciting undertaking before you as you enter or re-enter the world of healthcare to make a difference in people’s lives. Your faculty, friends, family, myself, Dr. Gevitz, and President Phelps, all congratulate you on your very significant achievements today.”
The ceremony is available for viewing at https://atsuvgrads.com/ashs-pa/