National University of Health Sciences came together Friday to celebrate the graduation of students in the chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, oriental medicine, clinical practice and biomedical science programs.
President Emeritus James F. Winterstein, DC, DACBR, who recently had the James F. Winterstein Library dedicated in his honor, served as commencement speaker.
During his speech, Dr. Winterstein played part of, ‘Is That All There Is,’ a song by Peggy Lee. He gave various examples of how there is often much more to patient encounters than meets the eye and how looking deeper can make a big difference in patients’ lives.
“This is what it is about, about the misery of others that you will fix,” he said. “Always remember when you take care of your patients, they will take care of you.”
Dr. Winterstein also recalled his own commencement about 50 years ago, when National University was smaller and the Student Center was just a beanfield at the time. He discussed the meaning of public commencement ceremonies, which have more significance, even legally, than simply receiving a piece of paper.
“It is the beginning,” he said. “A celebration of great accomplishment.”
Valedictorians from various programs gave speeches offering encouragement to their fellow classmates as they embark on their new careers. They also thanked faculty, clinicians, fellow classmates, along with their family and friends for support over the years.
Shannon N. Hillsinger, valedictorian of the naturopathic medicine program, called her fellow classmates some of the most compassionate people she had ever met.
“It is not easy to sacrifice so much of yourself to help other people,” she said. “Never forget that medicine is nothing without humanity.”
Jade Elizabeth Woodruff, valedictorian of the chiropractic medicine program, acknowledged all the life changes that each student has been through during the pandemic, whether it was getting married, having children or experiencing loss.
“We have remained resilient and focused,” she said.
In his closing remarks, Dr. Steifel discussed Greek philosophers who recognized the importance of being able to acknowledge what you don’t know.
“Remember to continue to have the passion to learn,” he said. “Reaching this level of knowledge, this level of accomplishment, affords you the opportunity as lifelong learners to comprehend what you know and admit to what you don’t.”
Congratulations and best wishes for a bright future to our new graduates!
Doctor of Chiropractic
Adam J. Alcantar
Jeffrey Anthony Augustine
Autumn Ann Burns
Thomas Robert Coulter
Drew Michael Marcello
Damian Anthony Mendoza
Miguel Ángel Merida Esquivel
Anthony John Micheles
Michael David Sanandajianu
Brandon Drew Skiles
Emily Thaden Tripp
Jade Elizabeth Woodruff
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Shannon N. Hillsinger
Brianna Nicole Jones
Alexandra N. Kamen
Nina Yayra Nani
Megha Gokals Sanghi
Master of Science in Acupuncture
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
Rachael Lynn Breinling Tax
Master of Science in Clinical Practice
Tiffanni Kenya Brown
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science
Robert W. Hinsberger