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First pharmacy class graduates from Suwanee college campus

Graduates of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's Suwanee campus celebrate commencement Wednesday, May 28. (Photo: Jenna Walker)

Graduates of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's Suwanee campus celebrate commencement Wednesday, May 28. (Photo: Jenna Walker)

SUWANEE — This past week, 72 students graduated in the inaugural class of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Suwanee campus’ School of Pharmacy.

Presiding over his final commencement ceremonies as president of the college, Dr. Matthew Schure addressed the School of Pharmacy inaugural graduates.

“As you go out into the world, know that you will always be part of the PCOM family. We will always stand as a sense of place for you — now at your journeys’ beginning and throughout your lifetime,” he said.

Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette Jr. brought greetings from the city of Suwanee and from Gwinnett County and noted the positive impact the students have had on the community through extensive volunteerism.

Keynote speaker James H. Black, DO, Rear Admiral, MC, USN (Ret.) encouraged the class, “Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and follow your passion. The environment you’re entering is going to be ever changing and you’re prepared for it.”

In addition to the 72 pharmacy students who graduated Wednesday, a commencement ceremony was held for the 76 students earning a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, 37 students earning a master’s degree in biomedical sciences and six students who earned a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership.

The Georgia campus is a branch campus of the Pennsylvania college, which was founded in 1899.