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Spring Commencement After April Showers

Graduation 4_smallOn Friday, April 19th, National University of Health Sciences proudly honored 74 graduates from both its College of Professional Studies and College of Allied Health Sciences.

The ceremony had been postponed by one day due to heavy rains and Chicago area flooding.  The Village of Lombard had declared a state of emergency on Thursday, April 18th after rising water had damaged many homes and made several main roadways impassable. The university was forced to close its campus and all Illinois clinics that day, and notified students of the new graduation date through its automated e2campus alert system.

The College of Allied Health Sciences featured National University President James F. Winterstein as its commencement speaker.  His address was especially heartfelt as he will be retiring in June, making it the last commencement speech of his presidency. To the massage therapy graduates, he reinforced the importance of their accomplishment and shared a poem titled "The Master's Touch," relating it to the importance of human touch in our lives. He encouraged the bachelor of science graduates on their next steps, as most of them will be going on to pursue additional degrees.

Graduation 3_smallThe College of Professional Studies welcomed as its speaker Phillip Nicotera, M.Ed., M.D., Provost of the Caruth Health Education Center at St. Petersburg College.  Dr. Nicotera has worked closely with National University in launching its successful Florida campus, and is a leader in health care education with a strong background in health education policy and research. He spoke to graduates about the realities of working in health care, the danger of overconfidence, and the need to keep growing and learning. Dr. Nicotera also received the honorary doctor of laws degree from National University of Health Sciences during the ceremony.

National University congratulates the following students who received their degrees or certificates during the April ceremonies:

College of Professional Studies

Doctor of Chiropractic

Ashley Jeanne Arcand
Timothy Leo Arcand
Sue Bedair
Brandie Natasha Bond
Patrick D. Brennan
Nicole Brod
Tricia Burns
Kristy Cada
Andrew F. Danielson
Matthew Richard DiSanti
Jason E. Domico
Ryan David Dunn
Elizabeth M. Eyles
Brandon Fields
Jeremy Alan Gaynier
Victoria Gazdacka-Schneider
Eric Graf
Al Gunderson
David Hale Hanson

Jacinda Leigh Hover
Brian Richard Hutcheson
Matthew Imber
Stephanie C. Johnson
Nicholas Kavouriaris
Elisabeth Jana Kehrli
Rachel King
Thomas Bateman Kinsella
Brandon Korfel
Erik M. Korzen
Phoukhong Carter Lamvichit
Ian Libert
Michelle Lynn Masters
Erin M. Mayer
Adam McRoberts
Richard Anthony Niezgoda III
Kyle Olson
Todd William
Hathaway Peterson

Adam Kyle Pitsinger
Nathan Jon     
   Porcher (salutatorian)
Michael Quintana
Jason Guanlao Rejano
Tyler Reynolds
Joshua Richard Rinaldi
Roy Steven Sadler
Victor A. Scarnecchia
Lauren Schneider
Patrick Paul Schneider
Caleb Parker Suciu
Sarah E. Vitali
Lauren Warner
Matthew M. Willis
Samantha Kathryn
   Wisniewski (valedictorian)
Qing Qing Zhang

Doctor Naturopathic Medicine

John Birdsall (salutatorian)
Katie Borchert (valedictorian)
William Conner

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine

Katie Borchert (valedictorian)
Cynthia D. Williams (salutatorian)

College of Allied Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science

Konstantina Adams
Thaer M. Ahmad
Sarah Feagan
Daniela Franco Lopez
Michilmaa Ganzorig
Lauren Grenda
David Iskandar (valedictorian)
Erica Nelson
Hari Thomallari (valedictorian)

Massage Therapy Certification Program

Catherine Burke
Taylor Cross (salutatorian)
Cassandra Ennsmann (valedictorian)
LaShawnta D. Johnson
Jaclyn Mitchell
Somranchana Personette
Liliana Vasquez-Guevara

 

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