West campus celebrates spring graduation commencement

West campus celebrates spring graduation commencement

Photo gallery: Spring ’17 commencement highlights

Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus in San Jose, Calif., celebrated its 141st commencement at the Spring Quarter ’17 ceremony on June 8 in the Santa Clara Convention Center theater.

From left: Candace Williams (class valedictorian), Lauren Groves (class salutatorian) and Kenneth Fraser earned Presidential Scholar awards for achieving Dean’s List (3.50 GPA or above) honors in each of their 13 quarters of study at Palmer’s West campus.

Candace Williams (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Lauren Groves (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) graduated as class valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, with Summa Cum Laude (3.9 – 4.0) academic honors.

Kenneth Fraser (San Jose, Calif.) graduated Magna Cum Laude (3.70 – 3.89), and Donald Ehasz (Eau Claire, Wisc.) and Shannon Peacock (Palo Alto, Calif.) graduated with Cum Laude (3.50 – 3.69) honors.

Fraser, Groves and Williams earned Presidential Scholar awards, which are presented to members of the class who achieved Dean’s List (3.50 GPA or above) honors in each of their 13 quarters of study at Palmer’s West campus.

Greg Snow, D.C., West campus dean of Clinics, presents the Clinical Excellence Award to Lauren Groves, who graduated as class salutatorian, and also received the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award.

Groves also received the Clinical Excellence and Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Awards.

Selected by the clinical professors, the Clinical Excellence Award recognizes the member of the graduating class who has uniquely distinguished him- or herself during the internship portion of their educational experience at Palmer by performing the tasks of the student doctor with exceptional proficiency in the following categories: patient diagnosis, chiropractic technique, radiography, and case management.

The Virgil. V. Strang Philosophy Award is selected by a faculty panel and presented for “distinctive accomplishment and contributions to the philosophical principles of chiropractic as a student at Palmer College’s West campus.”

Additionally, Groves received an award for her service as a member of the Campus Guides, a volunteer-group of students who assist at various special-events, and conduct campus-tours for prospective students.

West Campus Professor (and ’91 alumna)  Makani Lew, D.C., D.A.C.R.B., had the graduation audience on its feet during her energetic commencement address, “Chiropractor: Movement Expert.”

Dana Grenman (Hot Springs, Ark.) received the Student Fellowship Award, which is selected by the members of the graduating class, and presented “in recognition of service and leadership while upholding the values of his or her class, college and profession.”

Kenneth Fraser also received a special award recognizing his service as an executive officer of the West campus student-chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA).

Makani Lew, D.C., D.A.C.R.B., a 1991 West campus alumna, and a member of the West faculty since 2000, presented the commencement address, “Chiropractor: Movement Expert.”