Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Hosts 32nd Commencement

NORTH GRAFTON, Mass., May 6, 2014 –Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has had much to celebrate this academic year. The school marked its 35th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of the Tufts Wildlife Clinic. And on May 18 at 3 p.m., New England’s only veterinary school will host its 32nd commencement ceremony, where 124 students will receive diplomas.

Of the 101 D.V.M. candidates:

  • four will also receive master’s degrees in public health;
  • six will receive a master of science in laboratory animal medicine;
  • two will receive a master of science in comparative biomedical sciences; and
  • one will obtain two masters, one in public health and the other in comparative biomedical sciences.

Cummings School will also be graduating 11 students with masters in animals in public policy, 11 with masters in conservation medicine and one with a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences.

Graduates and their families will be 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 the Tufts board of advisors for veterinary medicine.  The student speaker is Hillary Ruth Feldmann. Gregory Wolfus, D.V.M., clinical science instructor and director of Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic, will give the faculty address. Ilene Segal, D.V.M., a 1987 graduate of Cummings School and president of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, will be administering the Veterinarian’s Oath.  

Amy Sato, D.V.M., associate professor of clinical sciences, and M. Sawkat Anwer, D.M.V.H, Ph.D., professor of biomedical sciences, will be honored with the Zoetis Animal Health awards for distinguished teaching and research excellence, respectively. The commencement exercises will also feature the presentation of the Artemis Award, which recognizes clinical excellence and was established by trustee emeritus Alfred Tauber, M.D. This year’s award will be given to Lisa Barber, D.V.M., assistant professor of clinical sciences.

William Rosenblad, D.V.M., adjunct assistant professor of biomedical sciences is the recipient of the school’s Henry E. Childers Award, which is given to part-time instructors who have made extraordinary contributions to educating veterinary students. Rosenblad is a 1995 graduate of Cummings School and leads the dentistry service at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.

The commencement ceremony will be held on Cummings School’s Grafton campus at 200 Westboro Road at the Agnes Varis Campus Center (building O on the campus map: It will follow Tufts' all-university commencement ceremony to be held at 9 a.m. on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus (


About Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Founded in 1978 in North Grafton, Mass., Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is internationally esteemed for academic programs that impact society and the practice of veterinary medicine; three hospitals and four clinics that combined log more than 80,000 animal cases each year; and groundbreaking research that benefits animal, public, and environmental health.


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