As efforts continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, NUHS is honoring Summer 2020 graduates in alternative ways.
A video celebrating their accomplishment features remarks from NUHS President Joseph Stiefel, MS, EdD, DC, along with a presentation of the 65 graduates who have earned diplomas in chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, advanced clinical practice, acupuncture, oriental medicine, massage therapy, diagnostic imaging, and biomedical science.
Dr. Stiefel reminisced about meeting graduates for the first time at orientation and seeing them in their classes or clinical rotations.
“I think this is a very important time to look back and reminisce on all that you’ve done, because you’ve done something exceptional by graduating from National University of Health Sciences,” he said.
Valedictorians from each academic program, who typically give speeches during the ceremony, also took a moment to share a few words of gratitude and encouragement for their fellow students below:
“We have been challenged in so many new ways,” said Daniel Braff, valedictorian of the chiropractic medicine program. “I’m sure there are some who feel underprepared and anxious. I know I do. Whether you feel ready or not, soon, patients will come to you, asking for help and searching for answers. I hope [graduates] all know that you all possess the confidence, skills and knowledge to provide competent and compassionate care.”
Dina Flores, valedictorian of the biomedical science program, acknowledged that this graduation is a lot different than she expected.
“Although there is no conventional ceremony, caps or gowns, there is reason to celebrate nonetheless,” Flores said. “The best thing about NUHS is the common ground we all stand on, as a community of professionals focused on natural ways to promote well-being. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I do know I’m better prepared because of my time at NUHS.”
Sabina Kozodaj, valedictorian of the oriental medicine program, offered some advice as she and her fellow graduates enter into practice.
“Always trust that everything in your life will connect at some point. It may not be today, tomorrow or a month from now, but always trust that you’re getting closer to your goals,” she said.
Tsogtbayar Baltseren, valedictorian of the acupuncture program, also shared some general life advice. “”Study while others are sleeping. Work while others are loitering. Prepare while others are playing. Dream while others are wishing,” he said.
Massage Therapy Program
Katherine Rose Heintz
Louis A. Hidalgo II
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science
Master of Science in Advanced Clinical Practice
Michael J. Anderson
Joseph William Vazquez
Doctor of Chiropractic
Daniel Sheldon Glasgow Braff
Jake P. Changelon
Max Evans Gatzke
Jordan Christian Jackson
Jeries Riad Jreisat
Alexander Michael Karban
Jonathan Robert Kirk
Sara Lynne Magee
Anjelica Carmel Ballelos Maranan
Sarah Louise Montesa
David F. Moore
Joseph Michael Muraglia
Robert S Noelke
Halima Danielle Phelps
Mandi Nicole Rosenquist
David Scott Severance
Moriah Keary McDade Severance
Georganna E. Stadjuhar
Jessica D. Taylor
Monica Sabrina Vera-Jackson
Jason Robert Winkelmann
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Uchenna O. Aningo
Brian Zachary Bernier
Brian Di Diego
Reecha S. Patel
Ruby Afua Sakyi-Addo
Benjamin Todd Schwartz
Master of Science in Acupuncture
Master of Science in Diagnostic Imaging
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
Christy L Decker