The Spring 2018 commencement ceremony for the San Marcos campus was held on Friday, April 20, at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Surrounded by hundreds of family, friends, faculty and supporters, students celebrated their academic achievements at the formal ceremony with caps, gowns, tassels and even a few tears. Diplomas were awarded to nearly 100 San Marcos students who also received their new academic hoods for their ceremonial regalia.
The ceremony was also significant for Dr. Divina Grossman, not only because this was her inaugural commencement as president, but the ceremony provided the opportunity to hold her induction and oath of office as well, officially installing Dr. Grossman as the fifth president of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.
“Today the torch is being passed to a visionary who is prepared to lead the university forward as we become the nation’s foremost, comprehensive health sciences university,” USAHS Board Member Paula Singer told the audience. Former president Dr. Wanda Nitsch and faculty member Dr. Lisa Chase also participated in the installation ceremony, as well as USAHS CEO Vivian Sanchez.
As Dr. Grossman took the oath of office as the new president, she was surrounded by her family on stage.
Watch: Dr. Grossman taking oath of office:
Watch: Dr. Grossman’s inauguration speech: