West campus celebrates 144th graduation at Winter ’18 commencement
Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus in San Jose, Calif., celebrated its 144th graduation at the Winter Quarter ’18 commencement ceremony on March 9 in the Santa Clara Convention Center theater.
Vivian Ly (San Diego, Calif.) and Matthew Weaver (Wellsboro, Penn.) graduated as class valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, with Summa Cum Laude (3.9 – 4.0) academic honors. Nicholas Race (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada) also graduated with Summa honors.
Graduates who achieved Magna Cum Laude honors (3.70 – 3.89) included: Keira Fika (Sherwood Park, Alb., Canada), Kristin Freitas (Stockton, Calif.), Brigitte Pestana (Kelowna, B.C, Canada) and Gunawan Poespowidjojo (San Francisco, Calif.).
Graduates who earned Cum Laude honors (3.50 – 3.69) included: Myra-Ashley Amparo (San Jose, Calif.), Christopher Duong (Windsor, Ont., Canada), Sun Hwang (San Jose, Calif.), Hyung Kim (Seoul, South Korea), John Lin (Vancouver, B.C., Canada), Kimia Shakerpoor (Campbell, Calif.), and Holli Sokolick (Baltic, Ohio).
Ly, Poespowidjojo, Race and Weaver also earned Presidential Scholar awards, which are presented to members of the graduating 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.
Vivian Ly received the Clinical Excellence Award, which is presented to the member of the graduating class who best exemplified the skills and qualities expected of a Palmer chiropractor during their yearlong experience as a student-doctor in the Palmer Clinics.
Selected by the six mentor-clinicians at the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics based at the West campus in San Jose, Calif., the Clinical Excellence Award recognizes the member of the graduating class who demonstrated excellence in the following areas: patient evaluation and diagnosis; chiropractic techniques and rehabilitative procedures; diagnostic imaging; case management; and professionalism.
Anne Marie Vicencio (Hayward, Calif.) received the Virgil. V. Strang Philosophy Award, which honors the memory of Dr. Virgil V. Strang, a 1951 Palmer graduate and the seventh president of Palmer College of Chiropractic. The award is presented for “distinctive accomplishment and contributions to the philosophical principles of chiropractic as a student at Palmer College’s West campus.”
John Lin received the Student Fellowship Award, which is selected by the graduating class, and presented “in recognition of service and leadership while upholding the values of his or her class, college and profession.”
Alissa Banns (Pitt Meadows, B.C., Canada), Jennifer Gordon (Hemet, Calif.), Timothy Haynes (Jonesboro, Ark.), and Keira Fika received awards for their service as executive officers of the West Campus Associated Student Government (ASG).
John Lin, Vivian Ly, Gunawan Poespowidjojo and Anne-Marie Vicencio received special recognition for their service as Campus Guides. The Campus Guides at each Palmer campus volunteer their time to conduct campus tours for prospective students, and to assist at special College events, such as Homecoming and graduations.
Fika, Ly and Vicencio were recognized for serving as executive officers of the West campus Sports Council, which provides students the opportunity to enhance their sports-chiropractic skills by assisting with care for athletes at some of the top sporting events in northern California.
Timothy Haynes also received a special award recognizing his service as an executive officer of the West campus student-chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA).
West campus 2011 alumnus Jeremy Lerner, D.C., a past West faculty-member who now maintains his practice in Chico, Calif., presented the commencement address, “The Road to Success.”
Watch for the photo-gallery of ceremony and reception highlights from the Winter ’18 graduation ceremony!