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FALL 2015 COMMUNIQU 5FALL 2015 COMMUNIQU 5 CONVOCATION 2015 Class of 2019 ofcially begins MEDICAL SCHOOL by Laura Probyn More than 300 future doctors donned white coats for the rst time during MSUCOMs 45th annual Convocation June 12 at the MSU Wharton Center for Performing Arts. The incoming class was welcomed by Dean William Strampel and addressed by Robert Piccinini D.O. president of the Michigan Osteopathic Association and an MSUCOM alumnus. They also heard from Duncan McGuire president of the MSU Student Government Association and a member of the Class of 2018. As they marched across the stage during the White Coat Presentation William Falls associate dean of student services and professor of radiology announced their names. One member of the cadre of MSUCOM faculty marshals ceremoniously placed the jacket on each incoming student. Falls stood at the lectern to introduce the individuals in attendance from the Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program. This introductory program for MSU undergraduate students gives participants a look at the college and the osteopathic profession while encouraging academic excellence leadership and community service. Strampel led the class in the recitation of the Convocation Oath before offering closing remarks noting that everyone in the crowd which nearly lled the Wharton Centers Great Hall to capacity is rooting for their success but that once they begin classes each students success rests squarely on his or her shoulders. He reminded them of the oft-quoted phrase that if they love what they do theyll never work a day in their lives which he said has been the case for him personally and that osteopathic medicine offers exceptional opportunities for rewarding careers. Robert Piccinini MSUCOM alumnus and president of the Michigan Osteopathic Association CLASS OF 2019 CLASS PROFILE Number of applications 6031 Number enrolled 333 Femalemale ratio 148185 Age distribution 20-43 average 24 MCAT average 27.53 GPA average 3.62 Michigannon-Michigan residency 28350 STUDENTS