Fifty-three students from around the world received the doctor of chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, on Saturday, December 17, 2016. The commencement was a shared ceremony for December 2016 and March 2017 graduates.
Tan Lay Lay Tracy of Singapore, recipient of the Milton W. Garfunkel Award for the December class, and Brianna Lynn Boliver of New York, recipient for the March class, presented farewell addresses to their classmates. The Garfunkel Award is the highest award given at graduation. Students receiving this honor must have a grade point average of 3.5 or above, and in addition, best exemplify those qualities Sherman College would like to inculcate in all of its graduates: love of the profession, an understanding of the philosophy, willingness to share, and service to the college and community.
Tan and Boliver also both received the Academic Achievement Award for their respective classes. The Academic Achievement Award is given to the individual in each graduating class who maintains the highest grade point average throughout his or her studies at Sherman College.
Timothy John Hartman of North Carolina (March class) and David Yamil Vazquez of Puerto Rico (March class) were presented with the Service Distinction Award. This distinction is not given at every graduation; rather it is given to students who stand out for their significant and distinguished service contributions to Sherman College and the local community throughout their course of study.
The Clinical Excellence Award was presented to Yamira Valentin-Fuentes of Puerto Rico (December class) and Timothy John Hartman (March class) in recognition of their successful practices in the Health Center. This award is given to an intern in each class who has diligently worked to develop skills in the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic, maintained an A average in the clinical program and exhibited superior overall clinical performance and professionalism.
David Yamil Vazquez (March class) also received the B.J. Palmer Philosophy Distinction Award. This honor is given to outstanding students who exemplify the profound philosophical understanding necessary to translate the universal principles of life into the workable philosophy, science, and art which is chiropractic.
The commencement address was given by Sherman College Assistant Case Doctor Tate Gentile, D.C. Gentile is a 2007 graduate of Parker College of Chiropractic, where he had an opportunity to pioneer a clinic in the Costa Rican Olympic Committee during his time there. Gentile bought a practice in Fort Collins, CO, which he transitioned into a thriving family wellness cash practice. He loves working with children and pregnant moms, but most importantly full families. He his wife, Katie, recently moved to Spartanburg, SC, so she could attend Sherman College of Chiropractic. He is on the faculty at Sherman College and currently teaching classes in Patient Education, Pattern Analysis, and Neurofunctional Assessments.
Sherman College Director of Evidence-Informed Curriculum and Practice Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D., delivered the charge to the graduates. A chiropractor and attorney, Kent is also the CEO of On Purpose, LLC, and president of the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation; he has served the profession as a practitioner, educator, author, lecturer and researcher. Kent graduated from Palmer College in Davenport, IA, in 1973 and has served on the faculty at Palmer and at Palmer-West. He is known within the chiropractic profession for his dedication to defining the science, art, ethics and philosophy of chiropractic for students and doctors of chiropractic. He is the author of books, textbook chapters and articles in peer-reviewed and popular journals, and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health and the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.
The doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College requires students to complete more than 4,800 hours (14 quarters) of classroom and laboratory study and also includes an internship in the college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center. To enter the D.C. program, students must have at least 90 semester hours of college-level courses, including courses in the sciences.
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Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242