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ASHS celebrates graduation

A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) held its graduation ceremonies for online and residential programs August 4 in two separate commencement ceremonies at Phoenix Symphony Hall.

A total of 418 students earned a master of science or doctoral degree in Human Movement, Physician Assistant Studies, Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, and Physical Therapy. This was the first time many of the online students had met each other in person, as they all earned their degrees through online courses.

During the ceremony, an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters was awarded to keynote speaker Ron Gaber, EdS, ATSU dean emeritus of students and vice president emeritus of student affairs.

During his address, Dr. Gaber spoke highly of both the University and its graduates’ commitment to healthcare. “We honor you today for your dedication, time commitment and passion for making the life of humankind better.”  “As graduates of ATSU and the Arizona School of Health Sciences, you have benefited from the faculty’s expertise to help you become evidence-based practitioners that work directly to help others each day and to make a measurable difference.”  Dr. Gaber ended his address to the graduates with his favorite quote from George Washington Carver:

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong.  Because  someday in your life you will have been all of these.

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