NYCC Fall Ceremonies Celebrate Students, Online
New York Chiropractic College held both its Fall 2020 Transitions and Commencement ceremonies online, honoring its students great successes. The decision by NYCC to hold the term's ceremonies online was guided by an effort to keep its community healthy and safe while adhering to state guidelines currently in place due to the COVID-19 global health pandemic.
Fall 2020 Commencement
NYCC's Fall 2020 Commencement Ceremony took place online on Saturday, Dec. 5, recognizing students for their exceptional accomplishments.
The final graduating class of 2020 was celebrated during the virtual ceremony, including the more than 100 students who earned Doctor of Chiropractic or Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies degrees. Several hundred friends, family and members of the NYCC community logged on to watch as degrees were conferred.
Awards for excellence in community service, leadership and clinical practice were presented during the ceremony by NYCC President Dr. Michael Mestan, who also delivered welcoming and closing remarks. "You will now go out into the world and change it for the better," he said. "We honor your desire to do so; we celebrate with you and we know you will do us proud."
Faculty members included special video messages for the graduates and the keynote address was delivered by NYCC Trustee Emeritus John Rosa (D.C. '92). Dr. Rosa discussed the deep need for their expertise in today's world, expressing concern about the level of unhealthiness in America, beyond the COVID virus, and the need for change. "You are at the height of all tipping points in making a difference in society," Rosa said.
Fall 2020 Transitions Ceremony
NYCC held its Fall 2020 Transitions Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 29.
This ceremony, fully virtual for the first time, marked the transition for 88 Doctor of Chiropractic students into the clinical phase of their education. NYCC celebrated this pivotal moment by presenting each student clerk with their white coat to acknowledge their hard work and dedication.
Awards were presented for academic excellence and Dr. Wendy Maneri, associate dean for chiropractic clinical education and health centers at NYCC, administered the Student Clerk Oath. Students and faculty participated in the ceremony live via Zoom, and the event was streamed live so friends and family could celebrate the milestone moment.
Beginning next trimester, these new student clerks will begin their clinical instruction at one of three NYCC Health Centers. They will also have other opportunities to engage in a variety of clinical experiences, under the direction of faculty practitioners, at partner sites, including community hospitals, complimentary care sites and Veterans Administration Health Centers.