More than 130 students in the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine will officially become doctors on Friday, May 8.
The virtual commencement ceremony, where students will receive their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degrees, will take place at 2 p.m.It will be live streamed on the college’s Facebook page.
John Hummer, co-founder and president of the college, will deliver the ceremony’s welcome remarks.
“When we broke ground on the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine five years ago, this virtual ceremony is not what any of us had in mind for our first graduating class of medical students,” Hummer said. “Despite all of the challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud of our inaugural class and their accomplishments. I hope everyone tunes in on May 8 and enjoys the ceremony.”
Don Peska, DO, dean of the college, will lead the graduating students in reciting the Osteopathic Oath, where students pledge to provide compassionate, quality care to all of their patients.
This year’s keynote speaker is Ogechika Alozie, MD, chief medical officer of Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, where he oversees all medical staff and innovation and technology. Dr. Alozie is specializes in infectious diseases and is the largest single provider of HIV clinical services in El Paso.
Additional remarks will be delivered by New Mexico state Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The Class of 2020 is made up of 64 women and 69 men who average 29 years old. More than 25 of the graduates identify with a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in medicine.