August 21, 2013 — Parker University presented 54 graduates with doctor of chiropractic degrees Aug. 17, 2013. Members of Parker University College of Chiropractic’s 84th graduating class earned the degree after extensive classroom education and practical training in many areas of study. Parker’s chiropractic program involves numerous hours of training in anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, orthopedics, and more.
“They’ve been through a very rigorous program that has prepared them to make a difference in the health of their patients,” said Brian McAulay, DC, president of Parker University. “I’m excited for their futures as doctors of chiropractic and look forward to hearing about their successes for years to come.”
Numerous graduates were also awarded a bachelor of science degree with a major in anatomy or a major in health and wellness, which they earned concurrently with the doctor of chiropractic degree.
Receiving the highest academic honor of the graduating class as valedictorian, Michael Longyear, decided to become a chiropractor because he likes the approach chiropractors take when treating patients.
“As a chiropractor, you are trained to look at the body as a whole and not just a set of symptoms,” said Longyear. “I believe in taking a holistic approach to treatment, when possible and allowing the body to heal itself by restoring the connection from the brain to the tissues.”
Class salutatorian Ian Kelly encouraged his classmates during the ceremony. “Remember all of the people that have sacrificed for us to get to this point in our lives,” stated Kelly. “Stand up and take hold of the opportunity that we have now, and go out and impact the world around us.”
Gene Giggleman, DC, a professor at Parker University, delivered the commencement address.
Source: Parker University, parker.edu/future