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ATSU-KCOM, founding school of osteopathic medicine, celebrates class of 2024

A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM), the founding school of osteopathic medicine, marked the graduation of students from the class of 2024 with a commencement ceremony May 18 in Kirksville, Missouri.

ATSU-KCOM awarded 156 students their doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees, while 13 students graduated from ATSU-KCOM’s Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program.

George Pipes, DO, ’76, and Elaine Pipes served as grand marshals. Dr. Pipes is a family medicine physician who currently oversees residents at Kirksville Family Medicine, and Elaine serves as office manager for the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Jennifer McArthur, DO, ’93, associate member, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Pediatric Medicine, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, delivered the commencement address. Dr. McArthur was also awarded an honorary doctor of science degree. 

Speakers included Norman Gevitz, PhD, senior vice president-academic affairs, with the greeting, John Thurman Jr., DO, ’12, with the Board of Trustees welcome, ATSU-KCOM Dean Margaret Wilson, DO, ’82, with the welcome and introductions, and John Sutton, DO, MACOI, FEAA, CCD, ’89, president, Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association (KOAA), with the KOAA induction.

ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, provided the closing remarks.

The ceremony also included the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Jonathan Kirsch, DO, HPF, ’96, associate professor, OMM and chair of ATSU-KCOM’s faculty senate, and a performance of “America the Beautiful” by ATSU’s student a capella group, the MEDleys. 

Watch the complete ATSU-KCOM 2024 commencement ceremony here.


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