Loving ATSU isn’t hard to do — especially when honoring hundreds of bright, compassionate graduates who walk the stage each year at commencement. You know the procession by heart, but here is what stole ours at this summer’s celebrations.
Tears of joy
ATSU President Emeritus Jack Magruder, EdD, was emotional when KCOM Dean Margaret Wilson, DO, ’82, surprised him on stage with a public tribute, thanking him for his leadership. “I feel pretty special about this class,” Dr. Magruder said. “We came together four years ago, and we leave together.”
Dressed to impress
Phoenix’s Comerica Theater was aglow in a sea of emerald green commencement regalia. A symbol of students’ dedication to helping others, the wearing of robes and hoods at graduation dates back to medieval times.
Double the fun
ASHS hosted two commencement ceremonies during which degrees were awarded in audiology, physical therapy, health sciences, human movement, physician assistant studies, and occupational therapy (online and residential programs). This was Dr. Craig M. Phelps’ first and second graduations serving as ATSU president.
Strength in numbers
ASDOH is now the alma mater of the largest-ever cohort of American Indians believed to graduate from a U.S. dental school. Six American Indian students took an oath to provide compassionate oral healthcare to rural and underserved communities, including the reservations where they grew up.