During commencement at the Masonic Auditorium, 130 students from the school's College of Osteopathic Medicine, 92 from the College of Pharmacy and 95 from the College of Education and Health Services picked up diplomas. 

"We are proud of the exemplary achievement, determination and leadership of our talented and accomplished graduates," Marilyn Hopkins, provost and chief operating officer at the school, housed on Mare Island, said in a press release. "We congratulate these students as they transition from TUC graduates to alumni." 

More than 2,000 guests attended the graduation as TUC students transformed into masters and doctors. 

Commencement speakers included students Jennifer Taing, representing the College of Education and Health Sciences; Amanda Morris from the College of Pharmacy; and Paul Elizondo from the College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

"Graduating from Touro has certainly been bittersweet," Morris said. "I will dearly miss all of my classmates as we enter the next stage of our careers but look forward to what the future holds." 

Established in 1971 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage -- and to serve the larger American community -- Touro is a system of Jewish-sponsored nonprofit institutions of higher and professional education. Some 18,000 students are enrolled in its various schools and divisions at its branch campuses, including Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris, Los Angeles and Florida.