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21st Master of Physician Assistant Studies Graduation

On Saturday, December 2nd, students of the twenty-first Master of Physician Assistant Studies class graduated at Hoversten Chapel. These are the first students to graduate under the new Augsburg University name. Our newest alumni join a network of over 500 peers who completed their graduate training at Augsburg.

Julia Curry spoke to her fellow graduates about their accomplishments so far and the learning that still lies ahead in their professional career. Lydia Bruenjes presented the Clinical Instructor of the Year award to Richard Burris, PA-C. Mr. Burris has been a long-time preceptor for our program. We are grateful for his many years of partnership and nurturing future PAs.

Robert H Carlson, PA-C, was the guest speaker for the twenty-first commencement ceremony. Carlson noted that it was fitting to be speaking at this ceremony as he was chosen as the student speaker for the inaugural commencement ceremony in 1997. He is an alumnus of our program and had wise-words to share with the class. In addition to the MPA students will have at the end of their name, he urged them to add this acronym as well: POEM. P stands for passion, O for open, E for empathy and M for mentor.

The staff and faculty congratulate the class of 2017 on this milestone! We are excited to call you a peer. We wish you the best of luck as you prepare for your final certifications and your new chapter as a Physician Assistant.