More than 300 Touro College Students in the School of Health Sciences Celebrate Commencement at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

Date: September 24, 2009
L-R: Dr. Anthony J. Polemeni, vice president, Division of Graduate Studies at Touro College; commencement speaker Dr. Max Gomez, an award-winning health and medical reporter for WCBS-TV; and Dr. Louis Primavera, dean of Touro's Graduate School of Psychology and School of Health Sciences.
L-R: Dr. Anthony J. Polemeni, vice president, Division of Graduate Studies at Touro College; commencement speaker Dr. Max Gomez, an award-winning health and medical reporter for WCBS-TV; and Dr. Louis Primavera, dean of Touro's Graduate School of Psychology and School of Health Sciences.
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Dr. Max Gomez, Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist, Delivered Commencement Address.

New York, N.Y. – Touro College students in the School of Health Sciences received bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at a commencement ceremony on Wednesday, September 16th at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, C.W. Post Campus, in Brookville, New York. Dr. Louis H. Primavera, dean of the School of Health Sciences, presided over the conferring of degrees upon 312 students.

The commencement address was delivered by Max Gomez, Ph.D., the award-winning medical reporter for WCBS-TV in New York. Dr. Gomez has received numerous journalism awards, including six New York Emmys, two Philadelphia Emmys, a United Press International honor for Best Documentary for a report on AIDS, and an Excellence in Time of Crisis Award from New York City after September 11th.

“You owe your debt to society as you graduate and enter the health care profession,” Dr. Gomez told the graduates. “Servicing mankind is like paying rent for living on a daily basis. Privilege entails responsibility, and the choices you make, make you what you are. Strive every day to do good deeds. Pay that rent for living on a daily basis in this world, a gift that God has given you.”

Dr. Primavera said, “Graduates, your loved ones who now surround you have supported you and played a major role in your being here this day. Be proud as you enter the health care profession and always remember how you got there. Remember, you are the backbone of health care services. I would also like to express my gratitude to the faculty and administration for their efforts and devotion to Touro. I ask the graduates to take what you have learned at Touro and apply it to your practice as health care professionals.”

Degrees were conferred upon students in the following disciplines: nursing; occupational therapy; occupational therapy assistant; oriental medicine; doctor of physical therapy; physical therapist assistant; post-professional doctor of physical therapy; physician assistant; rehabilitation neuropsychology; and speech and language pathology.

The School of Health Sciences was organized as a division of Touro College in Long Island, New York in 1986 with its Physician Assistant Program having commenced in 1972. Other programs in the healthcare field have been added gradually. Today the School’s offerings encompass a wide range of disciplines ranging from undergraduate preparation for health sciences careers to graduate programs in multiple fields of allied healthcare. The School’s programs serve more than 650 students at campuses in Bay Shore, Long Island and New York City, and present programs are growing in size while new programs are soon to be added.

Performance of the educational programs in the School of Health Sciences can be measured by the successes of its graduates: more than 93 percentof all graduates pass certifying/licensure exams and virtually 100 percentare employed within three months after graduation.