Commencement marks “firsts” for Troy University

Posted: Monday, 25 April 2011

TROY—This spring’s commencement exercises will be a first for Troy University, marking a milestone.

This year, Spring Commencement on May 6 will be held in two installments – the first beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the second ceremony beginning at 2 p.m., both in Sartain Hall. Nearly 600 students from 23 states and 14 countries are expected to participate in the ceremonies.

During the morning’s commencement for students in the College of Health and Human Services and the Sorrell College of Business, the University’s first Doctor of Nursing Practice students will become graduates. The DNP was launched in 2009 to augment associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, attempting to fill a shortfall in Alabama for both practicing nurses and nurse educators.

The afternoon’s commencement will feature the first graduates of the College of Education’s Bachelor of Science degree program in Interpreter Training. TROY’s interpreter training program provides graduates with the content knowledge and skills necessary to be licensed deaf interpreters. This program meets societal needs by training interpreters for employment in various settings where they will serve deaf and hard of hearing populations.

Providing the commencement addresses will be Dr. Jeffrey R. Dugas, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist.

A native of Schenectady, N.Y., Dr. Dugas graduated from North Carolina State University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He continued his education at Duke University School of Medicine, graduating in 1994. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the renowned Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

In addition to serving as the team physician for Troy University, Dr. Dugas serves as team physician to Huntingdon College, Team USA Cheer, Vestavia Hills High School, Hoover High School, Spain Park High School, Calera High School, Cordova High School and Bessemer Academy. Dr. Dugas also provides sports medicine assistance for the Birmingham Barons, the AA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, the Birmingham Swim League, the Alabama Ballet and serves as the Director of the USA Cheer Medical Council.

Dr. Dugas has contributed significantly to the research of sports medicine. He has published articles and textbook chapters related to injuries of the shoulder and elbow in throwing athletes, vascular injuries in throwers and rotator cuff injuries. He has also published manuscripts on the treatment of knee ligament injuries and the treatment of cartilaginous defects of the knee.

Following his orthopedic training, Dr. Dugas accepted a fellowship in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) in Birmingham, Alabama, under the direction of James R. Andrews, M.D., and William G. Clancy, Jr., M.D. He was then invited to become a member of the Alabama Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center. After it’s dissolution he became a partner in the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees at ASMI and the American Baseball Foundation (ABF). As a Fellowship Director at ASMI he takes part in clinical and basic research and assists in the instruction of the ASMI sports medicine fellows.

Both commencements are free and open to the public. While tickets will not be required at this spring’s commencement, attendees are asked to be seated in Sartain Hall at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremonies.

Dr. Jeffrey R. Dugas

Dr. Jeffrey R. Dugas