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Palmer Davenport's June and October graduations

Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technology degrees at Palmer Davenport’s June graduation went to (from left, front row): Lisa Laurent, Stacey Ballard, the late Dr. Iftikhar Bhatti, Tanya Edgil, Gloria Davis; second row: Megan Wilson, Jill Gattshalk, Katie Erndt.
ASCT Graduates

Palmer Davenport’s June graduation ceremonies were held Friday, June 17, in Lyceum Hall Auditorium. Onehundred and fourteen students graduated with Doctor of Chiropractic degrees and eight with Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technology degrees.

Palmer Davenport Professor Vern Hagen, D.C., was the commencement speaker. Chief Academic Development Officer Larry Swank, D.C., M.S., was named a Fellow of the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic. The co-valedictorians were Cynthia M. Beam and Heather Marie Livingstone. The salutatorians were Kyle Burke and Tabitha Weber. The Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award was given to Terrance J. Loher. The Clinical Excellence Award recipient was Clay Robert Morton. Karalee Pelham Oldenkamp received the John Connolly Memorial Award.

In his graduation address, Dr. Hagen spoke to the graduates about what they have in common. “We’re all held together by this common ground, which is the restoration of health to the human body by the removal of the vertebral subluxation through the chiropractic adjustment.”

October graduation ceremonies were held in Lyceum Hall on Friday, Oct. 21, where 159 students graduated with Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, five with Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technology degrees and one with a Master of Science in Clinical Research degree.

Kelli Pearson, D.C., a 1982 graduate of Palmer West, was the commencement speaker. Jean Murray, Ph.D., assistant to the vice president of Academic Affairs, was awarded a Presidential Citation of Distinguished Service for her work as interim vice president for Academic Affairs. Ronald Barth, D.C., of Wichita, Kan., and Anthony Cacioppo, D.C., director of the Rock Island Clinic, were each awarded a Fellowship in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic.

The co-valedictorians were Matthew Stone (who also received the Clinical Excellence Award) and Jameson Walker, and the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award was given to Janet Casanova. Casanova also received the John Connolly Memorial Award.

In her graduation address, Dr. Pearson reminded the graduates of the wisdom of their career choice. “You have chosen a profession that has done more healing than any I know of and truly produces meaningful results,” she said. “I love this profession so much that I can’t think of retiring.”

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