Commencement to include 341 grads, NY Gov. George Pataki

May 15, 2006 —

(Des Moines, IA) –Des Moines University (DMU) will award degrees to 341 graduates at its 106th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 10 a.m. at the Polk County Convention Complex, 501 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.

Students will receive a Doctor of Osteopathy, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master in Public Health or Master in Healthcare Administration degree.

The featured speaker at the ceremony is New York Governor George Pataki. Currently in his third term as governor of New York, Pataki has been on the forefront of many health care issues, including an initiative to reduce tobacco use in New York.

A Republican, Pataki reduced New Yorkers’ taxes, encouraged new jobs and reformed the state’s welfare system. Pataki also led his state through the September 11, 2001 tragedy.

Born on June 24, 1945, George Pataki is married to Elizabeth (Libby) Pataki; they have four children. Before becoming governor, he served in the state’s legislature and was the mayor of his hometown, Peekskill, New York.

Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.