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NUHS honors 50 students in April Commencement Ceremony

National University celebrated the hard work and accomplishments of about 50 graduating students in various professional and undergraduate programs during its April 21 commencement ceremony.

Speaker Terry Mason MD 3Terry Mason, MD, FACS, chief operating officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health, served as commencement speaker. He discussed the reasons he chose to leave his private practice after 25 years to focus on holistic approaches to health management.

"The real problem is not heart disease, stroke, diabetes…it's actually a nutritional problem," Dr. Mason said. "That's the real cause of the disease."

Dr. Mason encouraged students to let the "why" or the reasons they chose to pursue the profession, drive them. "You have to be ready to fight for what you believe," he said.

Valedictorians from each program also spoke at the ceremony, including Marija Jomontas, Mackenzie Chin, Alexander Buechter, Roxan Salvato and Sharon Borkowski.

Jomontas, valedictorian of the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences program, talked to students about going beyond their limitations and the so-called "impossible." Salvato, valedictorian for the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program, talked to students about persevering toward their goals in today's busy world. "Be the active hero of your life," Salvato said. "Love what you do and never settle."

In the ceremony's final remarks, NUHS President Joseph Stiefel, MS, EdD., DC, reminded students to be welcoming to their patients, who are often entering a world entirely new to them.

Graduates _2017apr

College of Professional Studies 

Doctor of Chiropractic

Wala AbuMallouh
Kathleen Bitzel
Alexander Buecter 
Yussef Chileuitt
Craig Cusson
Courtney Drendel
Emily Forsgren

Sarah Gagne

Jeffrey Gelband

Griffin Gibson 
Madhu Iyer 
Jennifer Keaton
Zachary Klausing
William Leach 
Katie Maier 
Mark McBride
Zachary McKee 
Elizabeth Merriman

Clancy Miller 

Emery Pitcel
Kaitlyn Popp
Eleanor Stauffer
David Swain
Andrew Tamras
Michael Vanchieri
Luye Yang

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Sharon Borkowski
Lauren Marcoullier 

Ashley Woyak

Steven Zarembka

Master of Science in Acupuncture

Giulio Germano

Jessica Gradel

Emily Jolson

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine 

Marla Mayerson
Gloria Moody
Roxan Salvato 

College of Allied Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Estefania Almeida

Tiffany Alvarado

Victoria Anton

Christopher Borosak

Mackenzie Chin

Anjell Collie

Jaser Hamdan 
Marija Jamontas

Judith Neplyuev

Kyle Richmond

Daniel Rivera

Tim Sluis

Rafael Wlodarczyk


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