A full house greeted National University graduates during commencement ceremonies on Friday, August 19th, 2016. There were a total of 63 graduates from 7 of the university’s degree programs.
The commencement speaker was Ezra Cohen, DC, CMT, CHT, the assistant dean of chiropractic medicine for National University, who has served on its faculty for over 27 years and will be retiring at the end of the winter trimester.
Dr. Ezra Cohen was the commencement speaker for the August 2016 ceremony.
Dr. Cohen spoke of bringing your best to participation in the community with the skills that you have. He encouraged participation in professional organizations, advising graduates that if their voice is not counted, they risk being relegated as a modality and will lose ground.
President Stiefel speaks to the audience.
In addition to valedictorian speakers, the audience heard closing remarks from President Joseph Stiefel. Dr. Stiefel made an analogy to friends and families of graduates being much like spectators at the Olympics. It is difficult as a spectator to know how hard it can be to graduate from medical school, just like it is hard to understand the preparation to excel or even participate in an Olympic event. Yet graduates themselves can be truly proud of the grueling effort and how it has and will pay off.
The ceremony marked the second combined graduation for both the College of Allied Health Sciences and the College of Professional Studies.
Kaley Mackenzie Burns (ND ’16) was the recipienct of the Joseph Janse Award
Below are the August 2016 NUHS graduates listed by program:
College of Professional Studies
Doctor of Chiropractic
|Mary Ellen Kowalsky
Janelle Mackowiak – salutatorian
Ravi Rai –
Doctor Naturopathic Medicine
Kaley Burns – valedictorian
Shama Patel – salutatorian
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
Bi Lin Feng – valedictorian
Linda Oster – salutatorian
Master of Science in Acupuncture
|Kristen LePage – valedictorian
Master of Science in Diagnostic Imaging
Supporting graduating classmates.
College of Allied Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science
Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy
|Emily Mayer – valedictorian
Michael Toniolo – valedictorian
Massage Therapy Certification