Unified Oath Ceremony Honors Entire PVM Class of 2015

Purdue Veterinary Medicine DVM and veterinary technology graduates walked together in a unified processional as part of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s first combined Oath Ceremony Sunday, May 17, in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.  Previously, the veterinary technology graduates participated in a separate oath ceremony, necessitated because of differences in the curriculum for the undergraduate veterinary technology program and professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.  As a result of revisions to the veterinary technology curriculum, the College was able to unify the oath ceremonies for the DVM and veterinary technology May and August graduates this year.  So, for the first time in its history, the College conducted a joint ceremony, recognizing the DVM and veterinary technology graduates, and administering their respective oaths. 

Dean Willie Reed introduced the ceremony, explaining that “…we are uniquely able to exemplify for all who celebrate with us, the concept of the veterinary team.  Of the 30 veterinary schools and colleges in the country, only four have both DVM and veterinary technology programs, so participating in this combined Oath Ceremony is a rare privilege.”

Dean Willie Reed celebrates with a group of veterinary technology graduates.

Hundreds of family and friends gathered to watch the proceedings, which included congratulatory remarks by the president of the Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association (PVAA), Dr. Glenn Pullen (PU DVM ’86) and the treasurer of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA), Dr. Aaron Smiley.  Then, Class Responder Hannah Byers, RVT, spoke on behalf of the veterinary technology graduates, before the Associate degree and Baccalaureate degree graduates ascended the stage while their names were announced by Dr. Kathy Salisbury, associate dean for academic affairs.  Veterinary Technology Program instructor Amalia de Gortari, who is a member of the Oncology Service in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, presented the graduates with their respective Associate degree or veterinary technologist pin as they came on stage, after which Veterinary Technology Program instructors Maggie Lump and Pam Phegley led them in reciting the Indiana Veterinary Technician Oath of Ethical Conduct.

After a group photo, the veterinary technology graduates stepped down from the stage and Dean Willie Reed addressed the DVM graduates before turning the microphone over to Dr. Daniel Thomasey, who gave the formal DVM Class of 2015 response.  Dr. Salisbury then announced the names of the DVM graduates as they ascended the stage before Dean Reed administered the Veterinarian’s Oath.  After a group photo of the DVM graduates, the veterinary technology graduates returned to the stage for a first-of-its-kind photo-op of the entire Purdue Veterinary Medicine Class of 2015. 

A collection of candid photos taken by Kevin Doerr at commencement are posted on the Purdue Veterinary Medicine Facebook page.  WLFI TV also was on-hand for the event.  Click here to view the story that aired on the WLFI TV newscast that evening.

Professional photographs taken by Ed Lausch at the Oath Ceremony events can be viewed and purchased online at www.lauschphotography.com. Click on the link in the upper right hand corner for "Purchase Event Photos" and use the following username and password to view the images:

Username: 2015graduation
Password: 17may2015

Festive mortar boards conveyed graduates’ sentiments at the reception which proceeded the Oath Ceremony in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.
DVM Class of 2015 graduate Anita Richert shows-off her new desk nameplate, compliments of the PVAA, with her sister, Robin Thvedt, and parents Robert and Janice Richert.

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