Twenty-three graduates received their Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degrees at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus Winter Quarter 2012 commencement on March 9 in the theater of the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Brian Boisvert (Cochrane, Alberta, Can.) graduated as the class valedictorian, with Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.00) honors. Boisvert, a member of the Palmer Pride ice hockey teams that won have three consecutive San Jose Sharks adult hockey league championships, also received a President’s Scholar award, for achieving Dean’s List honors (GPA of at least 3.5) in each of the West Campus’ 13-quarter curriculum.
Michael Caione (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) graduated as class salutatorian with Magna Cum Laude honors (3.70-3.89), and also received a President’s Scholar award.
Boisvert and Caione were recognized for their selection as members to Palmer’s West Campus chapter of the Pi Tau Delta International Chiropractic Honor Society, the oldest and most distinguished honor society in the chiropractic profession, and they also received special awards for serving as officers of the West Campus Sports Council
Caione also earned the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award. Selected by a faculty panel, the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award recognizes a deserving graduate for his or her “distinctive accomplishment and contributions to the philosophical principles of chiropractic as a student at Palmer College’s West Campus.”
Haesung Park (Seoul, Korea) received the Clinical Excellence Award, which is presented to the graduate who has uniquely distinguished him- or herself during the internship portion of their educational experience at Palmer, and who has performed the tasks of the student doctor with exceptional proficiency in the following categories: patient diagnosis, chiropractic technique, radiography, and case management.
Isaac Borowiec (Santa Cruz, Calif.) received the Student Fellow Award, which is selected by members of the graduating class, and is presented to the individual whom the class feels has uniquely distinguished him or herself by their “unselfish service and dedication to the betterment of the Palmer experience.”
In addition to the United States, the internationally diverse class was represented by graduates from Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea.
Dr. Thomas Milus, clinician, and a member of the West Campus community for more than 25 years, presented the commencement address, “Connecting the Past to Your Future.” Dr. Milus also serves the College as the West Campus alumni representative, and is faculty advisor to the Student ACA chapter.
Dr. Tammi Clark, West Campus associate professor, presented the invocation. Dr. Kimberlee Davis, West Campus associate professor, read the names of the graduates, and Dr. Richard DeSarbo, associate professor, turned the hoods.