NUHS honors graduates in December Commencement Ceremony
Alongside family and friends, students celebrated Fall Commencement Friday during the first in-person graduation ceremony since the pandemic began about two years ago.
The class included graduates in the chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, oriental medicine, clinical practice and biomedical science programs.
President Joseph Stiefel, MS, EdD, DC, started the ceremony by recognizing and thanking all of those who kept the university going through the pandemic. During their speeches, valedictorians also offered advice and thanked those that supported them through their academic journeys.
Piotr Malik, valedictorian of the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences program, talked to students about his decision four years ago to stop putting off school and finally get started.
“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago and the second best time is today,” he said. “I’m glad I asked why not.”
Whitney Dunlop, valedictorian of the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program, encouraged her fellow classmates to remember the interactions they have with patients.
“Don’t let outside pressures influence what you know and believe,” she said.
In his final remarks, Dr. Stiefel gave students three ingredients to take with them to be successful in their careers.
“ Be genuine, it’s rare these days… No matter how many degrees you have, the details matter… Stay magically curious about your professions,” he said.
Doctor of Chiropractic
Adam B. Cabaniss
Theodore Joseph D’Amico II
Emily A. Eaton
Ashley Nicole Fernandez
Jennifer Renee Green
Nicholas J. Januszko
Lorenzo Javier Lao
Jailine Lopez Diaz
Joseph Santino Martusciello
Marco Anthony Martusciello
Lauren Ashley McDonel
Alan Edward Norman
Jared C. North
Christine Jean Oakley
Halima Phelps (Summer ‘20)
Katarzyna Anna Sala
Kathryn Marie Schirn
Austin David Schultzu
Evan J. Soutter
Jonathan William Stevens
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Kinan M. Abdulbaki
Beatriz Medina (Summer ’20)
Karolina Pray (Summer ‘21)
Shawna Leah Singrin
Sherita Yvette Vann
Master of Science in Acupuncture
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
Caitlin M. Bukowski
Thomas Leonard Haas
Master of Science in Clinical Practice
William S. Chromey
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science