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National University celebrates 59 new graduates

In an auditorium filled with friends, family, faculty and staff, National University celebrated close to 60 graduates in the College of Professional Studies and the College of Allied Health Sciences.

857A7066The morning ceremony featured guest speaker Michael Brophy, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University, who has a diverse background in higher education, filmmaking and music. As the graduates embark on the next steps of their health care journeys, Dr. Brophy reminded them that the foundation of their human skills like empathy will always set them apart in the field and will not go unnoticed.

Valedictorians in each field also gave an address thanking fellow students, friends, family and various faculty for their support along the way.

"Let us please not forget where we started [at NUHS]," said Zachary Serven, valedictorian of the chiropractic medicine program. He added that National University helped teach students leadership and to "be the change we wish to see in health care."

In his closing remarks, President Joseph Stiefel, MS, EdD, DC, compared graduates to superheroes. He commended graduates for their hard work and commitment, which he considered part of their "origin story."

"The power sought is the idea of knowledge," he said. "Knowledge is power." 

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