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April Commencement at NUHS Honors 62 Grads

A sunny spring afternoon greeted National University's April graduates as they flowed out from the Student Center with diplomas in hand. 62 students from five academic programs were joined by a full house of families, faculty and staff.

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Class of 2015

This ceremony's special commencement speaker was Dr. Charles Tasharski. He has served on the university's faculty for 44 years, and is also an alumnus (DC class of '66.) Dr. Tasharski, a highly respected radiology professor, will be retiring at the end of the upcoming summer trimester.

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Dr. Charles Tasharski with President Emeritus James Winterstein

Dr. Tasharski spoke to the importance of perseverance and adaptation to change. He reminded the audience of the state of the world, culture and values of his graduation year, 1966, and how his own expectations from life had adapted to the changing realities of adulthood and career demands.

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President Joseph Stiefel speaks to graduates

Later, President Joseph Stiefel also spoke to the graduates, and indeed to all family, faculty and staff present, indicating each member's important role in the collective "us" that makes up National University of Health Sciences. He likened the day's valedictorian and guest speakers to "soloists" who, nonetheless, require the support of an entire choir to bring out their best.

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A moment of reflection

To include the university's ever widening audience of family and friends, NUHS provided online streaming of the ceremony for those living far away, as well as real time Facebook posts with photos that provided a unique window on the event.

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Below are the April 2015 NUHS graduates listed by program:

College of Professional Studies

Doctor of Chiropractic

David Aiello
Camara D. Brown
Dariusz Brzezinski
Thomas Dambrogio
Annaliese Gabriele Dennis
Lauren Marie Domanski -
Alexander Earl
Charles R. Fagenholz
Nicholas Peter Fotieo
Ryan Gavin
Brandon Michael German -
Julia Harter

David E. Hopper
Leslie Jacobi
Douglas Jusich
Matthew Alexander Kemna
Richard King
Donald J. Levin
Alyssa M. Loney
Grace McNeil
Mohammad Wafic Naji
Bryan Nicholas
Robin Marie Niezgoda
Andrea Lynn Otken

Alid Obed Pérez III
Christopher George Rouches
Alexxandria Jo Roush
Jeremy Schingen
John Kristoffer Schulze
Jena Lynn Snyder
Andrew Peter Spiczenski
Danielle René Spratt .
Danielle Lynn Stanczak
Erica Tufo.
Jessica Robyn Wiles

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Dr. Daniel Strauss presents Joseph Janse Outstanding Graduate Award
to DC graduate Brandon Michael German

Doctor Naturopathic Medicine

Tarek Konrad Abou-Nemeh
Jordan Robert Bray
Joshua Ryan Burns
Blaga Blagoeva Georgieva - valedictorian
Shaon M. Hines
My Trinh Mai
Vanessa McLaughlin

Jenifer Lynn Mersman
Echaukyei Abiduboh Ndumbi
Nyarai Sarah Paweni
Maggie Harriet Pilat
Stephen T. Spates - salutatorian
Jennifer Ann Taylor
Holly L. Wurtz

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Graduates pledging the integrative health professions oath

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine

Mabel Angel - salutatorian
Linyana E. Gipson
John Kevin Girardot
Ha-il Lee
Stephanie Lynn Marynus - valedictorian
Qing Qing Zhang

Master of Science in Acupuncture

Rabia Arafa - valedictorian
Patricia L. Petrunak - salutatorian

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Graduates of the Class of 2015

College of Allied Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science

Douglas D. Christianson, Jr.
Vladlen Klipinitser
Cynthia Kozak
Kevin Ruta
Nicole Sieger - valedictorian

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