87 graduate from WCU's College of Osteopathic Medicine

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of the nation's newest physicians graduated Saturday from William Carey University's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The university hosted its 5th commencement for the medical school at the Thomas Fine Arts Center.

87 graduated in the ceremony.

They will be doing their residencies in 22 states.

"I'm very happy that 80 percent of them are going into primary care and more than 25 of them are staying in Mississippi," said James Turner, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. "They spent four years of training, passed multiple state and national tests and have excelled in every category."

"I've been dreaming of this since I was five years old and I'm just so excited, the best day ever," said Elizabeth Fike, a graduate from Raymond, Mississippi.

"I'm glad I made it, God, he brought me through, I give Him all the praise and all the glory, I do," said Karim Foster, a graduate from Kingston, Jamaica.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine welcomed its first class in 2010 and hosted its first commencement in 2014.