Spring Commencement 2014
(pictured above: The University's inaugural class of Occupational Therapy graduates)
The University conferred diplomas on 269 graduates on May 22, as family, friends and faculty looked on. Graduates were treated to a thought-provoking and humorous speech by distinguished guest and keynote speaker, Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, Acting US Surgeon General. Dr. Lushniak urged graduates to make certain that the next chapters of their book of life would be chapters they would be proud to read years from now, and asked the graduates to help him, as US Surgeon General, to promote health and wellness for their patients, noting they could not be graduating from a more fittingly-named institution, as “Salus” is Latin for health and well-being.
Graduates also heard from fellow graduate Abby Brubaker Crawford, former student member of the University’s Board of Trustees, who gave the commencement address. The ceremony also included special recognition of Thomas L. Lewis, OD ’70, PhD, immediate past-president of Salus, who was granted President Emeritus status by the Board of Trustees this month. Board Chair Jo Surpin, and President Michael Mittelman bestowed a specially designed emeritus chain of office medallion on Dr. Lewis.
This year in addition to the recipients of Doctor of Optometry and Doctor of Audiology degrees and the recipients of master’s degrees in Clinical Optometry; Blindness and Visual Impairment; Low Vision Rehabilitation; Orientation and Mobility; Vision Rehabilitation Teaching, and Public Health, 34 residents completed their post-graduate optometric certificate program.
This was also a commencement that included “firsts:” the inaugural class of Master of Occupational Therapy (MSOT) graduates, and the first dual OD-MPH graduate, James Deom, a full-time student in both the Doctor of Optometry and Master of Public Health programs and the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award in Public Health for achieving the highest academic average.
An honors luncheon was held at the University on May 21, where awardees were given their awards. To see a list of the awardees.
2013 Fall Commencement
On Monday, September 16, Salus University held its fall commencement. After a morning filled with sporadic showers, the sun came out just before the processional from the University’s Hafter Student Center began.
The Physician Assistant (PA) graduates, faculty, University macebearer Dr. John M. Fitzgerald, and Salus President Michael H. Mittelman, OD, MPH, FAAO, walked in bright sunshine to the Congregation Keneseth Israel synagogue located across the street from the Elkins Park campus.
Best wishes to the newest Salus University graduates!