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Homecoming 2023: MBKU Establishes a New Alumni Tradition

President Schornack poses with Class of 1998 reunion attendees

On Saturday, Sept. 30, Marshall B. Ketchum University inaugurated a new tradition in honoring its wonderful alumni, celebrating the first-ever University Alumni Homecoming. The event brought graduates of the Southern California College of Optometry, the School of PA Studies, and the College of Pharmacy together at the same time for a day of reunion and recognition. Over 130 alumni were in attendance, including representatives from the Classes of 1973 and 1998, celebrating their 50th and 25th-year reunions, respectively.

MBKU Homecoming Attendees Socialize on Lawn




President Schornack poses with Class of 1973 reunion attendees









The event honored the recipients of MBKU’s Distinguished Alumni Awards: Wynette Augustine, OD, ’84; Beverly Pack Bianes, OD, ’91; John Nishimoto, OD, ’87; Brianna Riddlebarger, PA-C, ’19; and Melanie Vela, PharmD, ’22.

After gathering at different areas of the Kevin L. Alexander, OD, PhD Campus in Fullerton, Calif., alumni from all three colleges enjoyed food, drinks and live musical entertainment on the lawn.