Graduation 2012

June 30, 2012
Oregon Convention Center, Ballroom 203/204, Portland, Oregon

Congratulations to the class of 2012! Proudly graduating 116 naturopathic doctors and Chinese medicine practitioners.

“Our conventional system focuses nearly exclusively on illness and the body.  You are committed to the body, mind and spirit.  We don’t need more cutting and chemicals in health care – we need more touch.”

—Michael Manes, Read Dr. Manes’ address in its entirety.

Degrees Award

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine: 82
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine: 22
Dual Degree – Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine/Master of Science in Oriental Medicine: 4

Master of Acupuncture: 4
Dual Degree – Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine/Master of Acupuncture: 4

Commencement Addresses

Student Commencement Addresses

Classical Chinese Medicine Class of 2012:  Christine R. Pearson
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Class of 2012:  Karen Clarice Brothers, Amy K. Castellano, Anne Van Couvering, Megan S. Golani, Brooke Amanda Halgren, Derek M.A. Lawrence, Joanna Koerper May, David Alfonso Palacios, Erica Zelfand

Commencement Address

Dr. Paul Stamets

“You, today, are the leading edge…and you will leave trails for others to follow. Lean forward and take the next steps. You may not know where these paths will lead, but trust your instincts.”
—Paul Stamets, Read Dr. Stamets’ address in its entirety.

Professional Leadership Awards

Paul StametsHonorary Degree: Doctor of Science

Cascade Anderson GellerHonorary Degree: Doctor of Laws

Michael ManesHonorary Degree: Doctor of Letters

Learn More About the Day

View the Commencement video.

Commencement program

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The graduating class wishes to graciously thank Seroyal and Vital Nutrients for their generous donation to the 2012 Graduation Gala.