Northeast College Hosts Spring 2022 Ceremonies, Confers 74 Degrees
College holds Commencement & white-coat ceremonies to honor students
Northeast College of Health Sciences recently hosted its Spring 2022 ceremonies honoring students at various stages in their healthcare education. The Commitment to Excellence Pledge event, for first-trimester chiropractic students, was held on July 20; Transitions Ceremony, for seventh-trimester chiropractic students, on July 28; and the Commencement Ceremony honoring new doctors of chiropractic and M.S. earners, on July 31.
Northeast College's Commencement Ceremony was held on the Seneca Falls campus at the Standard Process Health and Fitness Center and honored the 20 Doctor of Chiropractic students and 54 M.S. students (36 from the Applied Clinical Nutrition program and 18 from the Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction program) receiving degrees at the ceremony.
Integrated Chiropractic Therapies associate professor Dr. Hunter Mollin was the grand marshal, Foundational Sciences instructor Dr. Jessica Walker delivered the faculty address and Northeast Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Rick Rosa (D.C. '96) presented the trustee greeting.
"As you move into this new stage of your professional life, always remember that you are not alone. Your alma mater will always be here for you, supporting you in your dedication to uncompromising excellence and optimal health," said Rosa to the College's newest graduates.
Words of Wisdom from Northeast Alumnus, President Mestan
Commencement keynote speaker Dr. Charles Ventresca, a 1985 graduate of Northeast College of Health Sciences, drew from his rich experience as a chiropractor and licensed acupuncturist when addressing the graduating students.
From 1986 through 1991, Ventresca was part of the faculty when the College was in Long Island. He taught Orthopedic Diagnosis, Radiological Diagnosis, Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Gastrointestinal Diagnosis classes. Ventresca has worked with professional athletic teams including the N.Y. Islanders and the N.Y. Jets and was the first acupuncturist / chiropractor on the U.S. Tennis Open medical team. A strong promoter of living a natural lifestyle, Ventresca has put generosity and compassion at the forefront of his patient care.
Northeast College President Dr. Michael Mestan presented awards at the ceremony for excellence in academics, leadership and clinical practice. He also delivered remarks to graduates and conferred the degrees. "We look forward to seeing all that our graduates accomplish, both how they reimagine health and transform lives. We know that they will represent our College well," Mestan said.
Transitions Ceremony Celebrates Seventh-Tri Students
Just a couple of days before Commencement, on July 28, seventh-trimester chiropractic students received their white coats during the Spring 2022 Transitions Ceremony.
Also held in the Standard Process Health & Fitness Center, the event honored students who successfully completed the requirements to move into the clinical phase of their education. Awards were presented for achievements in academic and clinical excellence. As their eighth trimester begins, these new student-clerks will provide hands-on patient care in one of the College's community clinics across New York state and will progress to rotations in a diverse range of other clinical settings, all under the mentorship of faculty clinicians."
Commitment to Excellence Pledge
Kicking off Northeast's celebrations on July 20, first-trimester doctor of chiropractic students gathered with assistant professor Dr. Jeana L. Voorhies to take the Commitment to Excellence pledge. College President Dr. Michael Mestan presented each student with a pin reflecting the College mission that reads: "Excellence. Professionalism. Leadership." Also at the celebratory event were Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Killen and Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jean-Nicolas Poirier.