[May 2, 2018] [Parker, CO – April 26, 2018] Rocky Vista University (RVU) is pleased to announce that Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, will deliver the keynote speech at the Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony.
Dr. Shannon, a board certified physician with over 30 years of experience, is President of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the former Vice President for Health Services and Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England. He has also served as Chair of the AACOM Board of Deans.
During his career, Dr. Shannon has championed many worthy causes and has a strong history of leadership in public health and preventative medicine. He is the current President of the Federation of Schools of the Health Professionals and a member of the Veterans Administration’s National Academic Affiliations Council.
“Dr. Shannon is becoming a legend in the osteopathic medical education community based on his work in Maine as the Dean at the University of New England and now the President of AACOM,” said Clint Adams, DO, FACHE, President and CEO of Rocky Vista University, “While at AACOM, he has opened many previously closed doors for our member colleges, created positions on nationally recognized medical education committees, taskforces and even the ACGME. He is more than a friend and confidant— he is a mentor to many.”
The event will be held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. The doors will open at 4:00 pm with the ceremony set to begin an hour later. One-hundred fifty students will graduate from RVU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, while twenty-six students will graduate from the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program.
RVU’s military graduates will be commissioned by General James P. McCarthy. Prior to retiring in 1992, General McCarthy served as Deputy Commander in Chief of the United States European Command, as well as the ARDI Professor of National Security at the United States Air Force Academy.
RVU continues its trend of placing graduates into some of the nation’s best residencies (osteopathic, allopathic, and military). The top specialties graduates will be entering are Internal Medicine (17%), Family Medicine (15%), Emergency Medicine (13%), and Anesthesiology (11%).