Colleges Join for University-Wide Commencement
National University’s April 22nd graduation ceremony honored 64 graduates from the university’s graduate and undergraduate degree programs.
The spring commencement incorporated two logistical changes to make the event more convenient for graduates, families, faculty and staff. First, the university held one ceremony to honor graduates from both its College of Allied Health Sciences as well as the College of Professional Studies, as opposed to the previous custom of holding separate events for each college. The ceremony was also moved from Thursday to Friday to better accommodate travel demands of family members.
The honored guest speaker was Orien Lee Tulp, PhD, MD, founder of the University of Science, Arts and Technology (USAT) in Montserrat, British West Indies, and director of the Mayfield Clinic for Regenerative Research. Dr. Tulp spoke of the importance of connecting the dots between basic sciences and the clinical application of medicine. He also discussed emerging technologies in the study of medicine, and the advantages and challenges such technologies bring to modern physicians.
NUHS President Joseph Stiefel gave closing remarks on the importance of learning critical thinking skills in order to meet the unique needs and health profile of each patient. He also acknowledged long time faculty member, Dr. James Christiansen, who is retiring after 38 years of service to the university.
Below are the April 2016 NUHS graduates listed by program:
College of Professional Studies
Doctor of Chiropractic
Sharon Fontes Borkowski – salutatorian
Angela Lynne Bott – valedicatorian
Amanda C. Braden
Kimberly M. Brossard
Bradley Douglas Campbell
Reid Scott Etter
Kathryn Colleen Gies
Joseph L. Glowiak
|Jessica R. Gradel
Jeffrey Ray Greenlea, Jr.
Jessica Lynn Hiipakka
Caylin Dee Howell
Brian E. Huffman
Jason E. Hunt
Gian Carlo Iannuccilli
Antonio Jimenez, Jr.
Jillian Leigh Johnson
Andrew Martin Kiper
Robert Braadley Koser, Jr.
|Xiu Zhen Li
Derek L. Maitland
Julia Therese Malkowski
Nadrine Sinead Omar
Bianca Michelle Page
Jamie Lee Pries
Bryan A. Pries
Megan Mari Procaccini
Kimberly Ann Tapia
Elyse Victoria Tursi
Doctor Naturopathic Medicine
|Bradford D. Case – valedictorian
Wendy Brown Eidman
|Mallory Jane Howe
McKenzie Treloar Mescon – salutatorian
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
|Amanda V. Gawrysz – valedictorian
Paul Brian Majer – salutatorian
Master of Science in Acupuncture
|Lacey Ebert – salutatorian
Nolan Lee – valedictorian
College of Allied Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science
|Lindsay Christensen – valedictorian
Kyle Edward Ellis
Lian Joy Fonacier
| Sara Magee
Jacqueline Winiarczyk – valedictorian
Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy
|Angela E. Kunde Gonzalez|