West campus celebrates 146th graduating class at Summer ’18 commencement
Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus in San Jose, Calif., celebrated its 146th graduation at the Summer Quarter ’18 commencement ceremony on September 13 in the Santa Clara Convention Center theater.
Dustin Lunn (McDonald, Penn.) graduated as class valedictorian with Summa Cum Laune honors (3.9-4.0). Aiden O’Brien (Washington, D.C.) and Molly Sparks (Bowling Green, Mo.) graduated as co-salutatorians with Magna Cum Laude honors (3.70 – 3.89) academic honors.
Cheyenne Hok (Wetaskiwin, Alb., Canada) also graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors.
Members of the Summer ’18 class who graduated with Cum Laude honors (3.5-3.69) included Candice Baker (Dresden, Tenn.) and Tyler Barton (North Wales, Penn.).
Hok, Lunn and O’Brien 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.
Barton also received the Clinical Excellence Award, which is selected by the six mentor-clinicians at the campus-based Palmer Chiropractic Clinics, and 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.
Other special awards presented to Summer ’18 graduates included:
- Dianna Rocha (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 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.”
- Cheyenne Hok 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.” Hok also received special recognition for her service as a member of the Palmer Campus Guides, which is a volunteer group of specially selected students who assist the College by conducting campus tours for prospective students and assisting at special events.
- Molly Sparks and Cheyenne Hok received special recognition for their service as officers of the West Campus student-chapter of the ACA Sports Council, which is one of the oldest and most-active student sports organizations among all the chiropractic colleges. The Palmer West Sports Council provides on-field care at some of the biggest sports events in northern California, including the Sea Otter Classic cycling festival; the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot; the Far West Valor Games; among others.
Tammi Clark, D.C., a ’94 West campus alumna and faculty-member for two decades, presented the commencement address, “Inspiration-Passion-Compassion: Powerful driving forces that compel us to step boldly forward into the unknown.”
In addition to her Palmer faculty-position, Dr. Clark also maintains a private practice in San Jose; founded a clinical-service non-profit, the Global Outreach Healthcare Initiative; and has made multiple trips to provide volunteer chiropractic-care at health fair programs for inmates at San Quentin prison.