BCOM’s graduates for 2012 received their degrees at the Mermaid Conference Centre in Blackfriars London, on 26 October, graduating with their Masters in Osteopathy (M.Ost) and BSc (Hons) Osteopathy Conversion Course.
The Mayor of Camden, Councillor Heather Johnson and Dr Geoffrey Copland, Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Westminster were guests of honour at the ceremony, and presented the degrees, diplomas and prizes to graduates. Four students achieved degree distinction awards, and prizes were awarded to students from each year group for the highest achievement in Anatomy, Osteopathy, Naturopathy, Clinical Osteopathy, and the Research Project. The Christopher Bennetto Prize was awarded to Mr Daniel Winfield for the best Naturopathic Dissertation, and this was presented by Mrs Jayne Bennetto.
The day was enjoyed by all who attended, and the ceremony also marked the retirement of Sibyl Grundberg, a Cranial Osteopathic Lecturer at BCOM for the past twenty years. Sibyl said: “It has been a delight helping students make their first palpatory discoveries about the possibilities of the cranial field, and to meet them again in subsequent years as fellow professionals, through referrals and further study. Best wishes and congratulations to the class of 2012!”
Mayor of Camden, Councillor Heather Johnson said: “It has been a huge privilege for me to be here at the BCOM graduation today and it’s been a really pleasant event. Having BCOM in Camden is really good for us because this means that close at hand there is a really good facility for residents to use.
It is particularly important for me because I have been a patient at BCOM a number of times. The first time I came to BCOM was 12 years ago when I was Mayor previously, and it was the work that BCOM did on my leg and my back that got me through the second half of my mayoral year. So I have first hand knowledge of the standard of treatment that the students can provide, and that’s a very good indication of what they’ll be able to do when they go out into the world - it’s an incredible facility for us (Camden residents) to have.
The other thing that came out today was the role that osteopathy took during the Olympics and the fact that it was the first time that osteopaths were on the official team. That means that more people will get to know about osteopathy and its uses, and it will encourage other young people to go into the profession.”
BCOM’s Principal, Dr Ian Drysdale congratulated the graduates on their achievement and recognised the hard work and effort required to complete the M.Ost. and wishing them all successful and rewarding practice lives.
Dr Drysdale, the Faculty and all Staff at BCOM wish our new graduates every success in their future careers in Osteopathy.