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Dr. Strang to graduates: 'Serve many and serve well'

11/1/2013 (Archived)

Photo gallery - Class 133 

Commencement ceremonies on October 18 marked the graduation of 117 students from Palmer's Davenport Campus, including 112 Doctor of Chiropractic recipients, three Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technology degree recipients and two Master of Science in Clinical Research degree recipients. 

Davenport grads 10-13Graduates were from 23 U.S. states plus Canada, the Republic of Korea, Indonesia and South Africa. Dr. Victor G. Strang, professor of Philosophy, was the commencement speaker. 

Dr. Strang gave the graduates advice that will help them through their lives as well as in practice. "Talk less and listen more ... your patients are human just like you--they're complicated," he said. "It's okay to get involved with and care about your patients--it sets us apart as chiropractors. Always do the right thing, even if it's not the easiest. And don't take yourself so darn seriously." He finished his speech by telling Palmer's newest doctors to "serve many and serve well."

The five Co-Valedictorians were: Vincent De Jong, Canada; Jacob Kragt, Washington; Hannah Orem, Illinois; Sara Ringelstetter, Wisconsin; and Trevor Tennant, Wisconsin. Each of the Valedictorians spoke during the ceremony, thanking the people in their personal lives and at Palmer for all they had done to support them. Thanking the faculty and staff, Ms. Orem said, "Your touch goes far beyond the classroom."

The Clinical Excellence Award was presented to Brock Vosberg, and the winner of the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award was Brad Ford.

Congratulations to Palmer's newest doctors of chiropractic!