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Palmer Florida graduates its first class

Thirty students marched into history on Dec. 16, as they graduated from Palmer College’s Florida campus and became the campus’ first alumni.
Dr. Peter Martin, president of Palmer’s Florida and West campuses, congratulates the first graduates of Palmer Florida during commencement ceremonies held at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Florida Graduates 1st Class

“You grew with the school, suffered firsts with us, and today you take your place as the first Palmer Florida graduates,” Donald Kern, D.C., president of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus, said in his commencement address.

Amber Plante won the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award, and Peter Scordilis received both the Excellence in Research and Clinical Excellence awards. Top honors went to Rick Jacobs, valedictorian, and Scott Schargen and Dan Webb, salutatorians. The awards were presented by Donald Gran, D.C.

“We continue the Palmer tradition of saluting the exemplary achievements of those students who have excelled throughout the course of their educational experience at Palmer Florida and graduate today with academic honors,” Dr. Gran said.

Vickie Palmer, chairman of Palmer’s Board of Trustees and great-granddaughter of D.D. Palmer, oversaw the changing of the tassels and stated the long-awaited words, “Doctors of Chiropractic, please be seated.”

“I’m honored to share in the excitement of this memorable occasion, and I would like to pass along my personal congratulations and best wishes to the members of the first graduating class of Palmer Florida,” campus President Peter Martin, D.C., told the students.

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