Fall Commencement 2014

October 1, 2014

Salus University held its Fall 2014 commencement this afternoon and 55 graduates received their master’s degrees from Salus president Dr. Michael H. Mittelman. The ceremony took place at Congregation Keneseth Israel, located across the street from the University and the procession of graduates and faculty wound its way from the Hafter Student Center to the synagogue, as local police stopped traffic to allow the procession to pass.

This was the first interdisciplinary fall commencement, as Low Vision Rehabilitation graduate Abena Adjei Ntim joined 54 physician assistant graduates. Graduates and their families and friends were welcomed by Dr. Mittelman and then heard from Class representative Ayn Marie Larson. Keynote speaker Michael C. Doll, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, director-at-large, Board of Directors for the American Academy of Physician Assistants, spoke of the responsibility of taking care of patients and relating how patients can affect medical professionals’ lives rather than the other way around. He also assured the graduates they would “rise to the challenges” they will face, reminding them that they had faced challenges during their journey to this day of new beginnings.

Congratulations to our newest Class of 2014 graduates!


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.