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“My time as a student at UPIKE has been transformative. The knowledge, confidence and connections I have developed will benefit me indefinitely. I am proud to be a Bear!"Jada Hood / Lexington, KY / Biology
“My time as a student at UPIKE has been transformative. The knowledge, confidence and connections I have developed will benefit me indefinitely. I am proud to be a Bear!"
Jada Hood / Lexington, KY / Biology
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Gathering at the Appalachian Wireless Arena, graduates, faculty, families and friends celebrated the Commencement ceremonies of the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Optometry and Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine on Saturday, May 1. UPIKE honored the academic achievements of 51 Doctors of Optometry and 135 Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine during the ceremony. Masks […]
The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) held in-person commencement ceremonies for the class of 2021 to recognize the academic achievements of 280 students earning degrees in undergraduate and graduate studies. The two evening celebrations were held at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in downtown Pikeville, with students from the College of Nursing & Human Services and the […]
On behalf of the Board of Trustees at the University of Pikeville, President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., has announced the appointment of Joe Kingery, D.O., MBA, FACOFP, FAAFP, as Dean of the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) effective July 1, 2021. “Dr. Joe Kingery is a great choice as the next Dean of KYCOM,” […]
As like-minded organizations work to create opportunities for a whole new generation, the University of Pikeville announces a continuing partnership with AppHarvest in celebrating Earth Day 2021 to inspire people and make an effort to support the planet. Every year on April 22, Earth Day is celebrated across the globe. The day is customarily commemorated […]
Thanks to a very successful county-wide vaccination program led by the Pike County Health Department, with help from Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), and new recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of Pikeville (UPIKE) is pleased to announce future changes to Healthy at UPIKE COVID-19 protocol. Based on these […]
The University of Pikeville is delighted to announce biology student Nyla Gulley as the recipient of the 2021 Appalachian College Association (ACA) Ledford Research Scholarship. Each year, the ACA awards scholarships to support ongoing educational objectives. Ledford Scholars present their research from a variety of fields of study, such as health sciences, social sciences, or […]
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) held its White Coat Ceremony for the class of 2023 on Saturday, April 10, 2021, via livestream. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event was closed to the public. The White Coat Ceremony is symbolic within the health professions, reflecting a commitment to patient care. After two years […]
After more than 44 years of service with the University of Pikeville, Dr. Pamela Gilliam announced her retirement as the first assistant provost. Gillam served as a valued faculty member prior to her appointment to assistant provost, teaching more than 30 different courses over her tenure at the university. UPIKE will welcome current Director of First-Year […]