Forty years after starting medical school with our first entering class, alumnus Ronald C. Moomaw, D.O. (’80), brought it all back home May 7 as commencement speaker for the Heritage College class of 2016. Moomaw, a psychiatrist and flight surgeon who works with NASA astronauts, reminisced about the high adventure of launching a new medical college in converted dormitory buildings and lauded the school for giving him “the chance to have the most fascinating life I could possibly imagine.” He was one of 24 medical students who began their studies here in 1976. With 129 new physicians, the class of 2016 is the largest graduating class in the college’s history.
Watch a video of Dr. Moomaw’s commencement address.
View a gallery of photos from Commencement 2016. See more photos on Facebook.
Many families have deep traditions that make for memories and lifelong connections. Our college is no exception.
On Saturday, Jan. 9, students from all three Heritage College campuses gathered in Athens for the high-gloss Heritage Ball, also known as the HCOM Prom. Sponsored by the Family Practice Club/Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, this annual event means it’s time for students, faculty and staff to brush off the formal wear and join in the Nae Nae. View photos from this year’s Heritage Ball.
Dancing is nothing new for us. Back in the early 1980s, our students celebrated with their classmates during the annual Champagne Dinner. By the 1990s, the Family Practice Banquet gave students a reason to pull out their dance shoes. And in the 2000s, the banquet, which began as a modest sit-down dinner with guest speaker, evolved into today’s gala.
Memories aren’t just made in the classroom. Here they’re made on the dance floor, a football field and the stage in Irvine 194. The Heritage Ball is just one example of the many events our students have initiated over the last 40 years as ways to enjoy time outside the lecture hall with their classmates, families, faculty and staff. Our students develop friendships that remain long after graduation.
With the opening of our two new campuses, we’re watching traditions change as we grow. New traditions are emerging at our Dublin and Cleveland campuses. Will Dublin’s Ugly Sweater Holiday Potluck stand the test of time?