Celebrations at Fairplex mark start of new year, new president at Western University of Health Sciences – California News

Celebrations at Fairplex mark start of new year, new president at Western University of Health Sciences – California News


POMONA >> Western University of Health Sciences will celebrate a milestone today when inauguration ceremonies are held at Fairplex for the second president of the 40-year-old academic institution.

The inauguration of President Daniel R. Wilson will be combined with the University’s Convocation Ceremony, an event that formally kicks off the start of the academic year.

“We’re expecting about 5,000 folks (to the combined event) which will be followed by the white coat ceremonies,” said Jeff Keating, chief of staff and executive director of public affairs and marketing at the university.

White coat ceremonies are conducted for the incoming students within each of the university’s nine colleges.

The presentation of the white coats represents students’ entrance into the health field and their “making a commitment of being the next generation of healers,” Keating said.

The combined ceremony closes out what has been a series of internal events for students, faculty and staff at the University.

Among the noteworthy events was the President’s Symposium themed, “Science, Health and Humanism,” according to a university statement.

Three healthcare professionals who are also authors participated in the symposium. Featured were clinical psychologist and author Kay Redfield Jamison, Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson and UCLA School of Medicine Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Dan Siegel, the statement reads.

Wilson became Western University’s president July 1, 2016 and succeeded President Emeritus Philip Pumerantz, who in 1977 founded the academic institution beginning with the College of…

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