Fifty-five students from around the world received the doctor of chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, on Saturday, June 12, 2021. The college’s 140th and 141st commencement ceremonies were hosted separately with limited seating to ensure the safety of the graduates and their guests. The college also live-streamed the ceremonies on Facebook and YouTube so that friends and family could watch.
Tiffany Cherice Chapman of South Carolina (June) and Caroline Virginia Miller of New Hampshire (September) received the Milton W. Garfunkel Award, and each presented a farewell address to their classmates. The Garfunkel Award is the highest award given at graduation. Students receiving this honor must have a grade point average of 3.5 or above, and in addition, best exemplify a love of the profession, an understanding of the philosophy, willingness to share, and service to the college and community.
Emily M. Savage of Virginia (June) and Miller (September) received the Academic Achievement Award. The Academic Achievement Award is given to the individual in each graduating class who maintains the highest grade point average throughout his or her studies at Sherman College.
Chapman (June) and Alysia Maria Campos of Michigan (September) received the Clinical Excellence Award in recognition of their successful practices in the Health Center. This award is given to an intern in each class who has diligently worked to develop skills in the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic, maintained an A average in the clinical program and exhibited superior overall clinical performance and professionalism.
Emily G. Elías (June) and Victoria Grace Pait (June), both of North Carolina, received the B.J. Palmer Philosophy Distinction Award. This honor is given to outstanding students who exemplify the profound philosophical understanding necessary to translate the universal principles of life into the workable philosophy, science and art that is chiropractic.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences Cindy Treharne, P.A.-C., D.C., presented the commencement address for the June 2021 class. Treharne ran Tree of Life Chiropractic in Rock Island, IL, from 2006-2018 with her husband, fellow Sherman College faculty member Heath Treharne, M.S., D.C. After leaving practice in 2018, joined the college faculty. Treharne holds a B.S. degree from Alderson Broaddus College (2001) and completed her physician assistant clinical preceptorship at Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston, WV. She is currently working on her thesis to complete the requirements of the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers program at Sherman College.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences and Business Education Department Chair Brian Dooley, D.C., A.C.P., gave the commencement address for the September 2021 class. A 2005 Sherman graduate, Dooley returned to the college in 2013 as a faculty member, while continuing to practice at Pickens Family Chiropractic, which he established in 2007. He holds a B.A. degree from Clemson University (1994) and is an original graduate of the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers program (2007). Dooley has made a tremendous impact at Sherman College through his teaching, mentoring and leadership. In recognition of his efforts in these areas, Sherman College has honored him with the Spirit of Sherman College Award and the Service to Sherman College Award.
The doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College requires students to complete nearly 5,000 hours (14 quarters) of classroom and laboratory study and includes an internship in the college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center. To enter the D.C. program, students must have at least 90 semester hours of college-level courses, including courses in the sciences.
Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.