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West Campus Spring 2012 class graduation

6/14/2012 (Archived)

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Twelve graduates received their Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degrees at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus Spring Quarter 2012 commencement on June 8 in the theater of the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Kristy Kahn (Gibraltar, Mich.) graduated as class valedictorian with Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.00) honors. Bethanne Baretich graduated as class salutatorian with Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89) academic honors. Kristin Beierle (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) graduated with Cum Laude (3.50-3.69) academic honors. Kahn and Baretich also received Presidential Scholar Awards, which are presented to members of the graduating class who have displayed the highest level of academic achievement, by making the Deans List (with a GPA of 3.5 or above), for each of the 13 quarters they attended Palmer’s West Campus.

All three honors graduates were also 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.

In addition to their academic achievements, all three honors graduates received special awards:


  • Baretich 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.”
  • Beierle 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’s West Campus, 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.
  • Kahn was recognized for serving as a member of the West Campus Guides, a volunteer group of students who conduct campus tours for prospective students and assist at major College events.
  • Mikhail Burdman (Baltimore, Maryland) 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 West experience.” 


Dr. Daniel Redwood, professor at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City and author of “Fundamentals of Chiropractic” presented the commencement address, “What Matters Most.”