PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville will honor the academic achievements of students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Coleman College of Business, the Elizabeth Akers Elliott School of Nursing, the Patton College of Education, and the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) on Saturday, May 14.
The medical school commencement begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville. The commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences, the Coleman College of Business, the Elliott School of Nursing and the Patton College of Education will be held at 2 p.m., also at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center. A pinning ceremony for the Elliott School of Nursing will be held Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. Graduates of the social work program will be recognized during a pinning ceremony on Friday, May 13, at 6 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in Booth Auditorium, located in Record Memorial Building.
Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement
John W. Becher, D.O., will be the keynote speaker for the KYCOM commencement.
An American Osteopathic Association board-certified emergency physician from Newtown Square, Pa., Becher is the 119th president of the American Osteopathic Association.
Becher serves as chairman of the department of emergency medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he graduated in 1970. He is also director of osteopathic medical education at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, N.J., and an adjunct professor of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
A member of the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Maintenance of Licensure Committee, Becher has trained more than 150 emergency physicians as a residency director.
During his career, Becher has held leadership roles within the AOA, including as a member of the editorial board of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, and is past president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.
During the commencement ceremony, Becher will receive an honorary Doctor of Osteopathic Education degree.
College of Arts and Sciences, Coleman College of Business, Elliott School of Nursing and Patton College of Education Commencement
W. James (Jim) Host will deliver the commencement address to the undergraduate and graduate students.
Host has been a trailblazer and innovator in college sports marketing and Kentucky politics for more than 50 years. In 1974, he was awarded the University of Kentucky football and basketball radio contracts. Nearly a decade later, he implemented the first corporate marketing program for the NCAA and for 30 years handled all NCAA radio, publishing, marketing and corporate partners programs, with a special emphasis on the men’s Final Four basketball. Raised in Ashland, Ky., his love of sports was evident at an early age when Host received one of the first two full baseball scholarships given in 1955 at the University of Kentucky.
In 1967, Host was named the youngest-ever commissioner of a Kentucky state cabinet when he joined Gov. Louie Nunn as commissioner of public information and then as commissioner of parks. In 2003, he became the oldest-ever member of Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s cabinet as secretary of commerce.
Host recently retired as chairman of the Louisville Arena Authority, which oversaw the construction and opening of the $238 million KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville. He also served as founding chairman of the World Equestrian Games in Lexington in 2010.
Currently serving on the executive committee for SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region), Host joins co-chairs U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers, Gov. Matt Bevin and others in SOAR’s mission-working to improve the quality of life in Appalachian Kentucky by expanding job creation, enhancing regional opportunity, innovation and identity.
During the commencement ceremony, Host will receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.
For more information about commencement week events at the University of Pikeville, call (606) 218-5270.