January 3, 2013 — Cleveland Chiropractic College (CCC) conferred degrees on 29 new graduates during fall commencement ceremonies held Dec. 7, 2012. Dr. Paul Barlett, dean of pre-clinical education, presented the graduates with their doctor of chiropractic degrees.
Others participating in the ceremony include Dr. Thomas K. Nichols, department chair of chiropractic sciences, who gave the introductory remarks. Dr. Deborah Denno administered the chiropractic oath, and faculty marshals for the day were Dr. Steve Agocs and Dr. Calee McClure. The student speaker was Tyler J. Rottinghaus, who was class valedictorian.
President Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III introduced Dr. Craig Little, chair of the Council on Chiropractic Education, who gave the commencement address. Cleveland III spoke to conclude the ceremony, giving his charge to the graduating class.
Fall 2012 graduates were Jarot L. Blakemore, Heather Bourdon, Geoffrey R. Buchta, John K. Corbaley, Tyler T. Craig, Brooke N. Day, Mason F. Elbert, Jose U. Estrada, Curtis A. Fletcher, Melanie A. Gilbert, Laurel E. Hare, Grant P. Heller, Laura C. Kagarise, Haileigh B. McLaughlin, Tristin E. Mette, Tyler S. Michels, Alexander O. Nelson, Laron A. Ploederer, Christopher L. Pounds, Melinda A. Pregont, Tyler J. Rottinghaus, Courtney M. Simanowitz, Rob A. Simms, Aaron Theriot, Jared C. Thomure, Molly M. Tillman, Andrew W. Van Hoewyk, Joshua G. Van Zandt, and Lindsay S. Wilson.
In addition to Rottinghaus, several others graduated with honors, including Buchta, Day, Estrada, Michels, Pounds, Pregont, Thomure, Tillman, Van Hoewyk, Van Zandt and Wilson. Student awards were distributed during the annual “President’s Dinner,” held the night before commencement. Dr. Robert Moore, clinic director, honored six students with the Clinic Service Award. Those recognized were Bourdon, Estrada, Fletcher, Kagarise, Thomure and Waldman.
In addition, Dr. Jill Davis, chair of basic sciences, inducted two graduates into the Pi Tau Delta National Chiropractic Honor Society. To be eligible for membership, graduating students must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher, have never received a letter grade lower than a “B” and have never withdrawn from a class. Those graduates inducted into the honor society were Rottinghaus and Van Hoewyk.
Source: Cleveland Chiropractic College, cleveland.edu