West Lib graduates physician assistants

GRADUATES — The sixth class in West Liberty University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program celebrated its graduation June 14. The Class of 2019 included, from left, seated, Whitney Wigal, Jenna Odgen, Sierra Moore, Aubrey Graham-West, Alexandria Rios and Ashley Haught; standing, Jordan Robinson, Mark Penaranda, Douglas Reckner, Connor Clark, Garrett Lyman, Anthony Houston II, Kevin Paschall and Bryce Hinde. -- Contributed

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University held its master of science in physician assistant studies commencement June 14 in Kelly Theatre and welcomed Reynold’s Hospital CEO Dr. David Hess to the ceremony as keynote speaker.

“We thank Hess for sharing his expertise and experience with our 2019 class of physician assistants. His knowledge and encouragement was meaningful for us all,” said Program Director William Childers.

Patrick Ford, chairman of the WLU Board of Governors, offered congratulations to the class.

WLU Provost Brian Crawford conferred the degrees. Afterward, all graduates recited the PA professional oath.

The Class of 2019 and their hometowns include: Connor Matthew Clark, Parsippany, N.J.; Aubrey Elizabeth Graham-West, Dallas; Ashley Danielle Haught, Moundsville; Bryce Lauren Hinde, Fulton, Kan.; Anthony Fitzgerald Houston II, Elkhart, Ind.; Garrett Rodger Lyman, Provo, Vt.; Sierra Nicole Moore, St. Clairsville; Jenna Nicole Ogden, Steubenville; Kevin Lee Paschall, San Diego; Mark Robert Penaranda, Charlottesville, Va.; Douglas Mark Reckner, Somerset, Pa.; Alexandria Christine Rios, Fort Worth, Texas; Jordan Rachelle Robinson, Mathias, W.Va.’ and Whitney Nicole Wigal, Parkersburg.

This was the sixth class of PAs to graduate from WLU, bringing the total number of WLU PAs up to 98 professionals now working in the field of medicine. The graduates will next take their Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination to become certified.

A commencement reception followed the ceremony in the Nutting Gallery.

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