Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Hosts 34th Commencement

May 16, 2016

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Tara Pettinato

NORTH GRAFTON, Mass., May 16, 2016 – Students studying a diverse range of topics— from veterinary medicine, public health, conservation medicine and laboratory animal medicine to the public policy dimensions of animals in society—will gather together this Sunday at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. New England’s only veterinary school will award degrees to 121 students during its 34th Commencement at 3p.m. on May 22, 2016.

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 Cummings School board of advisors.  The student speaker is Frank Romano. Amy Sato, D.V.M., DACVR, veterinary radiologist, will give the faculty address. Adam Arzt, V.M.D., president of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, will be administering the Veterinarian’s Oath. 

The commencement exercises will celebrate the accomplishments of 92 doctor of veterinary medicine candidates, some of whom have earned additional degrees:

5 will also receive a master in public health; and
3 will also receive a master of science.

Cummings School will be graduating two Ph.D. students, 18 students earning a master of science in animals and public policy and nine earning a master of science in conservation medicine.

Perry J. Bain, D.V.M., Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical sciences, and Andrew M. Hoffman, D.V.M., D.V.Sc., professor of clinical sciences, will be honored with the Zoetis Animal Health awards for distinguished teaching and research excellence, respectively. In accordance with tradition, the faculty Emeritus title will be conferred on two retiring faculty—Nicholas H. Dodman, B.V.M.S., professor of clinical sciences, and Linda Ross, D.V.M., associate professor of clinical sciences.

The ceremony will also feature the presentation of the Artemis Award, which recognizes clinical excellence. This year’s award will be given to Lilian Cornejo, D.V.M., assistant professor of clinical sciences. Victoria Wirsig-Embree, D.V.M., will be the recipient of the school’s Henry E. Childers Award, which is given to a part-time instructor who has made extraordinary contributions to educating veterinary students.

The commencement ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at Cummings School’s Grafton campus at 200 Westboro Road at the Agnes Varis Campus Center (building 16 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; seven teaching hospitals and clinics that combined log more than 80,000 animal cases each year; and groundbreaking research that benefits animal, human, and environmental health.