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December Commencement Honors 70 Graduates

by Dec 17, 2015

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In another welcome celebration this holiday season, National University held its December commencement ceremonies honoring 70 graduates from several degree and certificate programs.

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The morning ceremony for College of Allied Health Science graduates featured President Joseph Stiefel as commencement speaker. Dr. Stiefel spoke on how easy it is to assess one’s progress in an academic setting, but not so easy in professional life. Instead of accepting feedback that they are doing “just fine” in their career and life, he urged graduates to reach for higher performance markers with their patients and in their career goals.

The afternoon ceremony for the College of Professional Studies featured special guest speaker Robert C. Jones, DC. Immediate past president of the New Mexico Chiropractic Association and chair of the University of Western States Board of Trustees, Dr. Jones is a practitioner of and strong advocate for broader scope of practice for DCs as well as a pioneer in integrative care.

Dr. Jones stressed the importance of better primary care through the application of an integrative approach. He pointed to the rise of today’s patient-centric medical home model as an ideal that NUHS had the foresight to prepare for many years ago. He also congratulated graduates on choosing a school with a strong evidence-based practice curriculum, since it will give them an advantage in meeting today’s demands on health care practitioners.

Below are the December 2015 NUHS graduates listed by program:

College of Professional Studies

Doctor of Chiropractic

Erica Ackerman
Shehab Awadallah
Lisa Banks
Kellen Blanck-Grott
Courtney Bolen
John Buoniconti
Lynn Capodagli – (salutatorian)
Brian Cox
Damian Davis
Erin Emley
Bethany Fluto
Ashley Hammel
Christopher Hartman
Celeste Jenks
Daniele Johnson
Justin Jwad
Sandra Lambatos
Megan Maynard
Annette McKinney
Barbara Mokrzycka-Pys


Andres Nunez
Sorina Rentea
Maciej Romanczyk
Felix Santiago –

Kathryn Schoos
Westley Scott
Stephen Shinault
Kyle Steineman
Melissa Styx
Taronte Venable

december graduates holding diplomas

Doctor Naturopathic Medicine

Guy Citrin
Desiree Donovan
Emily Hatcher
Patrick Jean-Baptiste
Diana Milling
Amanda Panuska – salutatorian
Jack Weber – valedictorian

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine

Sarah Boysen – salutatorian
Diane Heinzen
Brandi Jones
David Mayer – valedictorian
Melissa Styx

Master of Science in Acupuncture

Megan Borreson
Sarah Fiedler
Shannon Glish
Justin Jwad
Jaclyn Krizek
Deniece Marshall
Imani Owens-Bailey
Charisse Phillips-King
Amy Rivenbark
Hong Tong-Zheng

december commencement ceremony

College of Allied Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science

Ann Canavan
Megan Feldt
Susan Khorshid – valedictorian
Dominique Lucas
Sara Magee
Mikel Marshall
Sarah Louise Montesa
Liliana Nemes
Jennifer Odziemiec
Michaela Phillips
William Rooney
Michael Skryd
Nathan Wollery – valedictorian

Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy

Ingrid D. Brandt – valedictorian

Massage Therapy Certification

Ewelina Cebulak
Vincent Crutchfield – salutatorian
Andrew Jenkins Horsburgh
Jennifer J. Leise

december 2015 graduates

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