Commencement 2015 Photos
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University held its 33rd commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 3pm on the Grafton campus.
William S. and Joyce M. Cummings, founders of Cummings Foundation, philanthropists and the namesakes of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, delivered remarks at the school’s graduation. William Cummings is also a trustee emeritus of Tufts University.
Cummings Foundation made a $50 million investment in the veterinary school and 10 years ago the school was renamed in recognition of the gift. Cummings Foundation’s support of the school’s One Health mission has resulted in the creation of programs such as an ambulatory clinic in Rwanda with on-site diagnostic capability and professional development opportunities for veterinarians and para-veterinarians.
Graduates and their families were greeted by Cummings School Dean Deborah T. Kochevar, D.V.M., Ph.D.; Tufts University Provost and Senior Vice President David R. Harris, Ph.D.; and John H. de Jong, D.V.M., University Trustee and member of Cummings School Board of Advisors. The student speaker was Sean James Gaw. Claire Sharp, B.V.M.S., assistant professor of clinical sciences, provided the faculty address. Adam Arzt, V.M.D., president of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, administered the Veterinarian’s Oath.
The commencement exercises celebrated the accomplishments of 95 D.V.M. candidates, some of whom have earned additional degrees:
- one received a Master of Arts
- four received Masters' degrees in Public Health
- six received Master of Science degrees in Laboratory Animal Medicine
Cummings School also graduated 13 students with Masters in Animals and Public Policy and 14 with Masters in Conservation Medicine.