NUHS honored over 50 graduates for their years of hard work and accomplishments during a commencement ceremony held today, December 16. The graduates took home diplomas in chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, biomedical science, acupuncture, oriental medicine and advanced clinical practice.
Ray Tuck, DC, past president of the American Chiropractic Association and 2019 Alumnus of the Year, served as commencement speaker. He shared one concept that he hoped students would remember throughout their health care careers: the platinum rule. Similar to the golden rule to treat others as you would like to be treated, the platinum rule is about treating others as they would want to be treated.
According to Dr. Tuck, the challenge of the golden rule is that it assumes everyone has the same experience as you. He encouraged students to partner with their patients to help them achieve their unique goals.
“I think if you did that, the success you would have in today’s health care world would be tremendous,” he said.
Valedictorians also spoke at the ceremony, including Isaac Masters, valedictorian of the chiropractic medicine program andJennifer Stotlar, valedictorian of the naturopathic medicine program.
Dr. Masters thanked his family, friends and mentors for their support. He also reflected back on his time at National University, particularly the challenges students faced during the early days of the pandemic.
“Those hard times made us the doctors we are today,” he said.
Dr. Stotlar’s speech recognized the hard work of all graduates at the ceremony.
“This is how passionate we are about our medicine,” she said.
NUHS President Joseph Stiefel, MS, EdD., DC, shared some final remarks.
“The ‘why’ that has brought you to this point has served you well,” he said. “Remember your ‘why’, and maybe most importantly, the ‘why’ of your patients.
Doctor of Chiropractic
Kinan M. Abdulbaki
Justin Faivre Backstrom
Sara Linda Bermudez
Sara-Lynn Kristen Bernard
Garrett Ryan Butters
Korakot Simsiriwong Cohen
Nicholas Luke Contestabile
Stephanie Marie Gannett
Hannah Dever Hardy
Morgan Xiomara Horn
Zachary T. Johnson
Riley E. Mullins
Zachary C. Rosenberg
Madilyn A. Seyller
Katherine E Smoron
Nicholas Sorchych Hoffman
Peter Anthony Stadalsky
Michael Tyler Stern
Sophie Marie Ville
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Mariah Leann Brown
Amanda Mackenzie Driscoll (Spring ‘20)
Kirsten Louise Kessler
Dervis Vila Torres
Master of Science in Acupuncture
Dervis Vila Torres
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
Emily Louise Doudlah
Sarah Louise Montesa
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences
Hannah Jeanne Carter
Maryam Khalilah Muhammad
Master of Science in Advanced Clinical Practice
Zory Kate Pérez Luna