HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Nearly 100 new doctors are heading from Hattiesburg to hospitals across the country, following the inuagural commencement Saturday morning of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University.
94 students who've been studying for four years at the university received their doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees at the ceremony at Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
Most will now do their residencies at medical centers across the nation.
"It feels great," said Greg May, a graduate from Hattiesburg. "It's been a long four years, but it feels good to be done. I'm ready for the next phase," he said.
"It's awesome, it's just a privilege and a blessing to be a part of the first class," said Brittany McClure, another graduate from Hattiesburg.
"They're going all over the United States for their residencies and so William Carey's name will be spread all over the country," said Dr. Tommy King, president of William Carey University.
Also Saturday following graduation, the university's College of Osteopathic Medicine officially obtained its full accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.
There are about 30 schools of osteopathic medicine in the U.S.