Student who missed graduation for childbirth gets his own ceremony

May 25, 2016

Heritage College, Dublin, Dean William Burke, D.O., hoods graduating student David Muncy, D.O.

(DUBLIN, Ohio) - A Canal Winchester, Ohio, man who missed his medical school graduation for the birth of his son got to have his own commencement ceremony May 20.

On May 7, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine bestowed D.O. degrees on its 37 th class of physicians. At 129 students, the graduating class of 2016 was the medical college’s largest ever.

David M. Muncy didn’t walk across stage with his classmates that day to take his degree and be “hooded” as a new physician, but he had a solid excuse for missing commencement – his wife was giving birth to their second child, a boy named Apollo. The couple also has a 2-year-old girl, Adelyn.

On May 20, college officials gave Muncy his own one-man graduation ceremony at the college’s campus in Dublin. William J. Burke, D.O. (’88), dean of the Heritage College, Dublin, hooded Muncy, and Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., presented  his diploma.

“I’m excited that OUHCOM is able to do this ceremony for me and my family,” Muncy said prior to the ceremony. “It brings closure to the last four years of med school and the journey our family has taken so far.”

He added, “For me, having a baby was the best graduation present of all.”

Dean Johnson suggested that the pomp and circumstance of graduation is something no Heritage College graduate should have to go without.

“Every one of our students is important to us, and going through commencement and the hooding ceremony is an unforgettable moment for any physician,” he said. “We’re happy to make a little extra effort so Dr. Muncy and his family don’t have to miss out on that memory.”

After graduation, Muncy will begin a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He called Friday’s commencement a family affair.

“The graduation wasn't just for me but for my wife also, who had so much to do with my success by motivating me to pursue medicine and supporting me every step of the way,” he said.

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is a leader in training dedicated primary care physicians who are prepared to address the most pervasive medical needs in the state and the nation. Approximately 50 percent of Heritage College alumni practice in primary care and nearly 60 percent practice in Ohio. CARE LEADS HERE.