Western University of Health Sciences opened its doors in 1977 as the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP). The inaugural class was formed in 1978 with a total of 36 students. The University has since grown to encompass nine colleges, two states and more than 3,900 students. In honoring WesternU’s history, please see below for an archive of the Commencement ceremony recordings.

2019
2018-2011
2018

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In 2018, 1,068 students graduated from WesternU.

2016
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest
  • College of Allied Health Professions
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Nursing
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Dental Medicine
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

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In 2016, 1,104 students graduated from WesternU.

2015
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest
  • College of Allied Health Professions
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Nursing
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Dental Medicine
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

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In 2015, 1,133 students graduated from WesternU.

COMP-Northwest in Lebanon, Oregon graduates its first class of DOs.

2014
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Allied Health Professions
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Nursing
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Dental Medicine
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

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In 2014, 975 students graduated from WesternU.

President Pumerantz became one of the longest-serving university presidents in the United States. Of all the doctoral degree-awarding institutions in the country, he is the third-longest-tenured president at 36 years, 8 months.

2013
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Allied Health Professions
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Nursing
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Dental Medicine
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

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In 2013, 958 students graduated from WesternU and celebrated its 10,000th graduate.

First graduating class for Dental Medicine, Optometry, and Podiatric Medicine.
Actor Edward James Olmos gave the keynote address at the Commencement ceremony.

2012
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Allied Health Professions
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Nursing
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

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In 2012, 758 students graduated from WesternU.

Dr. Temple Grandin, a renowned scientist, speaker, and advocate, gave the keynote address at the Commencement ceremony.

2011
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Allied Health Professions
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Nursing
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

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In 2011, 709 students graduated from WesternU.

President Pumerantz promotes the theme of the year, “Making a Difference,” in his annual message to the graduates.

2010-2001
2010
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Allied Health Professions
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Nursing
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

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In 2010, 680 students graduated from WesternU.

This academic year, WesternU unveiled the Health Education Center building on campus, which houses multiple departments and colleges.

2009
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Allied Health Professions
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Nursing
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

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In 2009, 634 students graduated from WesternU.

Richard A. Bond, DO ‘82, the first graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, gave the keynote address.

2008
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Allied Health Professions
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Nursing
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

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In 2008, 606 students graduated from WesternU.

At their college’s Commencement award ceremony, several Veterinary Medicine graduates were recognized in “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

2007
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Allied Health Professions
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Nursing
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

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Acclaimed actress Betty White gave the keynote address at the Commencement ceremony to the 516 graduates from WesternU.

The College of Veterinary Medicine graduates its first class.

This academic year, the campus Esplanade was completed, along with the addition of a fountain located at the center of campus.

2006
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Allied Health Professions
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Nursing

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In 2006, 423 students graduated from WesternU.

The Student Government Association implemented electronic class elections through Blackboard.

2005
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Allied Health Professions
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Nursing

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In 2005, WesternU celebrated its 5,000th graduate along with a graduating class of 421.

One of WesternU’s student clubs raised over $2,000 for the devastating South Asia tsunami from December 2004.

2004
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Allied Health Professions
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Nursing

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In 2004, 424 students graduated from WesternU.

The 2004 yearbook was dedicated to the firefighters who battled the Grand Prix and Old fires that threatened the surrounding area.

2003
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Allied Health Professions
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Nursing

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In 2003, 415 students graduated from WesternU.

Dr. Jon Fong, a 1984 COMP graduate and technical advisor to the television drama ER, gave the keynote address.

WesternU and the surrounding downtown Pomona area served as filming backdrops for the the major motion picture, Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat.”

2002
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Allied Health Professions

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In 2002, WesternU celebrated its 4,000th graduate with a graduating class of 435.

Local philanthropist Edward Tessier gave the keynote address at the Commencement ceremony.

WesternU celebrates its 25th anniversary.

2001
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • College of Allied Health Professions

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In 2001, 463 students graduated from WesternU.

The University yearbook was dedicated to the COMPlements Club, a group that consisted of the spouses of WesternU students.