Commencement 2021

Each college will host a virtual ceremony for their graduates during Commencement Week 2021 – May 17-21, 2021. We encourage our graduates to invite as many guests as they wish to view the ceremony and celebrate in their accomplishments in real time. Graduates will have the opportunity to participate in full regalia, take their oath (if applicable), share in the joy of family hooding with their loved ones and partake in other important historical traditions of a WesternU commencement ceremony. As soon as it is available, we will be adding the links to each ceremony below.

Countdown to Commencement Week
2021/05/17 09:00:00
David Carlisle
Keynote Speaker

David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD

Serving since 2011 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine (CDU) and Science in the Watts-Willowbrook area of Los Angeles County, Dr. Carlisle is a published author in health policy, quality of care, medical education diversity, and eliminating health disparities. A board-certified internal medicine specialist, his clinical work has always revolved around caring for the underserved. Read More…

Monday, May 17, 2021

9:00 a.m.
Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

Master of Science in Medical Sciences
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences

1:00 p.m.
College of Pharmacy

Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Doctor of Pharmacy


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

9:00 a.m.
College of Optometry

Doctor of Optometry

1:00 p.m.
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
(Pomona, California)

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

9:00 a.m.
College of Dental Medicine

Doctor of Dental Medicine

1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
College of Health Sciences

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (1:00 p.m.)
Master of Science in Health Sciences (3:00 p.m.)
Doctor of Physical Therapy (3:00 p.m.)


Thursday, May 20, 2021

9:00 a.m.
College of Veterinary Medicine

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

1:00 p.m.
College of Graduate Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice


Friday, May 21, 2021

9:00 a.m.
College of Podiatric Medicine

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

1:00 p.m.
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
(Lebanon, Oregon)

To our family and friends: all commencement ceremonies will be virtual and individuals participating in family hooding, as well as anyone in close proximity to the graduate, will be captured in any images related to the event, live streamed, and included in the final recording.