While 46 new chiropractors reminisced about their last three and a half years at
Sherman, graduates of the college’s first class traveled back in time 28 years
to a humble but memorable ceremony held at a local movie theater in 1976 in
Spartanburg, SC. Sherman College’s December 2004 commencement ceremony proved to
be a memorable one for both the 100th graduating class and the “Pioneer”
graduates in attendance.
As the first chiropractors to graduate from Sherman College of Straight
Chiropractic, members of the Class of 1976 are often affectionately called
“Pioneers.” Thirty-eight such Pioneers walked across the stage at Spartanburg’s
Westgate Theater (the college did not yet have a permanent facility) to receive
the doctor of chiropractic degree during the school’s first commencement
ceremony. It was only fitting that the date of this event was September 18, the
anniversary of chiropractic’s founding by D.D. Palmer.
Pioneer graduates in attendance at
the college's 100th commencement
ceremony included Drs. Fran
Lounsbury, Virginia Brannon (both
seated), Robert Epstein, Perry Rush,
Leroy Moore and David Ivey.
Twenty-eight years and
three months later, 46 new doctors of chiropractic from around the world
received their degrees on the college’s permanent campus in the Springfield
section of Spartanburg. The December graduates enjoyed a light breakfast with
family and friends while several of the Pioneer graduates gathered for a
reception in their honor. December graduates and Pioneers each received a marble
paperweight with an engraved plaque commemorating the day.
students from around the world
received the doctor of chiropractic
degree at the college's 100th
commencement ceremony on December
Alex Carmelo Roa of
Puerto Rico, recipient of both the Milton W. Garfunkel Award and the B.J. Palmer
Philosophy Distinction Award, presented a rousing farewell address to his
classmates during the ceremony. George A. Berry, Jr., of Florida received the
Service Distinction Award. Roxzanne B. Breland, B.S., M.Ed., D.C., of
Greenville, SC, gave the commencement address, and Sherman’s Dean of Clinical
Sciences Leslie M. Wise, B.A., D.C., gave the charge to the graduates.
For more on the college’s 100th graduation ceremony,
read the article on our web site.