Nineteen graduates received their Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degrees at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus Winter Quarter 2013 commencement on March 8 at Embassy Suites in Milpitas.
Travis Rose (San Jose, Calif.) and Zachary Ryan (Gillette, Wy.) graduated as class valedictorian and salutatorian, with Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.0) and Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89) honors, respectively. Luan Yang (San Jose, Calif.), was the other honors graduate (Cum Laude, 3.50-3.69) in the 124th graduating class at Palmer’s West Campus.
Travis Rose’s brother, Dr. Kevin Rose (West ’11), also graduated as valedictorian of his class, making this the first time in West Campus history that two brothers have graduated at the top of their respective classes. Fittingly, Dr. Rose was on hand to join in the presentation of Travis’ diploma.
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.
Travis Rose also received a Presidential Scholar Award, which is 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) in each of the 13 quarters they attended Palmer’s West Campus.
Luan Yang also 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.
Cody Fowler (Bonney Lake, Wash.) received the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award, which is selected by a faculty panel, and 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.”
Molica Anderson (Cypress, 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 West experience.”
Anderson and Flynn Vick (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) earned special awards for serving as members of the West Campus Guides, a volunteer group of students who conduct campus tours for prospective students and assist at major College events.
Anderson, Fowler, and Kaila Hersh (Torrington, Connecticut) received special awards in recognition of their service as executive officers of the West Campus Associated Student Government.
The West Campus’ Winter 2013 class included graduates from Denmark, Norway, South Korea, and the United States.
Dr. Daniel Hersh, a 1978 graduate of the State Univ. of New York, presented the commencement address, “What Can I Expect in the Next 34 Years of Practicing Chiropractic …” Dr. Hersh, who maintains two clinics that specialize in the care of patients suffering with scoliosis, also participated in the diploma presentation to his daughter, Kaila.
Dr. Thomas Souza, West Campus dean of Academic Affairs, presided over the ceremony, as Dr. Bill Meeker, West Campus president, was in Washington, D.C., to participate in the American Chiropractic Association’s “National Chiropractic Legislative Conference” (NCLC).
Dr. William DuMonthier, West Campus dean of Student Academic Affairs, and Dr. Gregory Snow, dean of Clinics, also were principal participants in the commencement program.
West Campus faculty participants included: Dr. Tammi Clark, associate professor, invocation; Dr. Kimberlee Davis, associate professor, reading of the graduates’ names during the diploma presentations; and Dr. Andre KnustGraichen, West Campus assistant clinical professor, turning the hoods of the graduates’ gowns as they received their diplomas.
Photo: Travis Rose (left) and his brother Kevin.