NUHS celebrated the achievements of 70 graduates during a commencement ceremony December 13 in the Student Center at the Illinois campus. Graduates took home diplomas in chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, advanced clinical practice, acupuncture, oriental medicine, biomedical sciences and massage therapy.
The ceremony featured guest speaker John Scaringe, MS, EdD, DC, president/CEO of Southern California University of Health Sciences, who was also awarded an honorary degree during the ceremony. Dr. Scaringe began his career at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (LACC) as faculty in 1991 and has since served in various leadership roles including as a member of higher education accreditation teams.
He discussed the growing rate of preventable chronic illnesses in the United States and the important role of NUHS graduates in a health care landscape moving toward integrative medicine.
“What health care needs is National graduates,” he said. “You are the change the health care system craves.”
Valedictorians from each program delivered inspirational speeches to their fellow classmates. Valedictorians included Brian Davis, Doctor of Chiropractic; Sarah Abel, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Sobhana Vasan, Master of Science in Acupuncture; Tiffani Becerra Alwazan, Master of Science in Oriental Medicine; Eva Guzman, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences; and Lisa Marie Cadotte, Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy.
During her speech, Cadotte thanked her support group that included family, friends, classmates and teachers. “I look forward to staying connected with this community and future therapists,” she said.
In his closing remarks, President Joseph Stiefel compared graduates’ academic journey to the hero’s quest central to the Star Wars movies.
“You have all been trained with the most powerful weapon known to man: knowledge,” he said. “You all have been made ready for quite the adventure.”
Doctor of Chriopractic
Stephen DeRosa Jr.
Mark Vonder Embse
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Jennifer Egypt Iredia
Master of Science in Advanced Clinical Practice
Master of Science in Acupuncture
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
Qi Stephanie Zhu
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences
Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy
Certificate in Massage Therapy