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University of Pikeville commencements set for May 20

May 09, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
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 20.

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 18, at 7 p.m. Graduates of the social work program will be recognized during a pinning ceremony on Friday, May 19, at 6 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in Booth Auditorium, located in Record Memorial Building.

Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement 
David O. Barbe, M.D., MHA, will be the keynote speaker for the KYCOM commencement.

A board-certified family physician, Barbe is president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA).

After receiving his medical doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and completing his residency at the University of Kansas-affiliated program Via Christi, Barbe established a solo practice in traditional family medicine – including obstetrics, endoscopy and minor surgery – in his hometown of Mountain Grove in rural southern Missouri. His wife, Debbie, has served as a nurse in the practice for many years.

Over time, Barbe expanded his practice to two sites and several physicians and eventually merged the group with Mercy Clinic in Springfield, Mo., a 650-physician, multi-specialty integrated group. Barbe now serves as vice president, regional operations, for Mercy with responsibility for five hospitals, 90 clinics and more than 200 physicians and advanced practitioners. He brings a unique perspective from both the business and clinical sides of health care to his new role at AMA.

During the commencement ceremony, Barbe will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

College of Arts and Sciences, Coleman College of Business, Elliott School of Nursing and Patton College of Education Commencement 
Irene Trowell-Harris, R.N., Ph.D., will deliver the commencement address to the undergraduate and graduate students.

Trowell-Harris served as director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Women Veterans from 2001 until 2013. Prior to her appointments, she served as Director of VA’s Office of Inspector General’s Healthcare Inspections Regional Office in Washington, D.C.

She served 38 years in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, during which she held numerous leadership positions, and retired as a Major General in 2001. She was a 1997 Air Force representative for the Committee on Women in the NATO Forces Conference held in Istanbul, Turkey, and speaker for the Air Force in Pretoria, South Africa, at an International Women’s Conference.

An adjunct graduate faculty member at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, an ex-officio member to the DACOWITS and VA’s representative on the White Council on Women and Girls, Trowell-Harris also served as a senior social and policy specialist for the American Nurses Association.

During the commencement ceremony, Trowell-Harris will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

For more information about commencement week events at the University of Pikeville, call (606) 218-5270.


David O. Barbe, M.D., MHA   Irene Trowell-Harris, R.N., Ph.D.

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