WCU dedicates new medical building

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - With classes at the new College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University set to begin in just a month, the university today celebrated the opening of the first building in its new medical complex. Administrators, staff, supporters and students gathered to cut a ribbon to officially dedicate the College's new Academic Building.

"This is something we've worked very hard for for the past two-and-a-half years, it's finally come to fruition, said Dr. Michael Murphy, dean of the new college.

110 students are set to begin their William Carey University education in labs and lecture halls in the new facility. Half of the students are from Mississippi.

"It's an honor, especially to start, and not just start medical school, but be a member of the inaugural class starting here at William Carey," said Jason DeFatta, a Hattiesburg native.

"I'm really excited and everything looks so beautiful, I'm just so excited to start," said Jennifer Groccia, another student from Jacksonville, Florida.

The Academic Building is the first of 3 that will make up the complex. A Medical Arts Building is scheduled to open next month and the 3rd will house administrative offices.

Two dozen faculty members will begin their orientation on August 16th. Classes will start on August 23rd.

Administrators at the college say they already have 500 applications for next year's class.

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