Twenty-one graduates received their Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degrees at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s San Jose Campus Winter Quarter 2014 commencement on March 13 in the theater of the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Matthew Smith (Mountain View, Calif.) and Kaitlin Overman (St. Cloud, Minn.) graduated as class valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Smith achieved Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89) academic honors, and Overman, Daniel Demian (Vancouver, B.C., Canada), Craig Jason “C.J.” Epstein (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Nicholas Grant (Surrey, B.C., Canada) graduated with Cum Laude (3.5-3.69) honors.
All of the Winter Quarter ’14 class members who graduated with academic honors were also recognized for their selection as members to Palmer’s San Jose Campus chapter of the Pi Tau Delta International Chiropractic Honor Society, the oldest and most distinguished honor society in the chiropractic profession.
Jenevieve Stuart (Riverside, Calif.), 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 San Jose Campus, and has performed the tasks of the student doctor with exceptional proficiency in the following categories: patient diagnosis; chiropractic technique; radiography; and case management. Denise Miranda (Palmdale, Calif.) received the Student Fellow Award. Selected by members of the graduating class, the Student Fellow Award is presented “in recognition of service and leadership while upholding the values of her class, college and profession.”
Daniel Demien (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) 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.” C.J. Epstein received special awards for serving as an executive officer of the San Jose Campus Associated Student Government, as well as a member of the Campus Guides, an organization of volunteer students from each Palmer campus, who conduct campus tours for prospective students and assist at major College events. Steven Kaiser (White Rock, B.C., Canada) also was recognized for his service as a member of the San Jose Campus Guides.
In addition to receiving recognition for graduating with academic honors, Kaitlin Overman also was honored for serving as an executive officer of the San Jose Campus Sports Council.
Edward Le Cara, D.C., a 1999 graduate of Palmer’s San Jose Campus who maintains a practice at Sports Plus Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation in Pleasanton, Calif., presented the commencement address, “The Ripple Effect.”