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ASHS graduation: a time to celebrate

A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) held its spring commencement ceremony for six online programs on March 2 at Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, Ariz. More than 160 students earned a Master of Science or doctoral degree at the ceremony.

Graduates received degrees in human movement, occupational therapy, advanced physician assistant studies, audiology, doctor of health sciences, and physical therapy. This was the first time many students had met each other in person, since they all acquired their degrees through distance education.

“This graduation highlights the working professionals in their respective fields who have decided to get their next degree,” said ATSU-ASHS Dean Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA. Founded in 1995, ATSU-ASHS is committed to educating and preparing its students to practice at the forefront of a rapidly growing healthcare system.

DSC_6352During the commencement ceremony, a keynote address was given by Rear Admiral (Ret.) Michael R. Milner, DHSc, PA-C, former Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S., who received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. In his address, Dr. Milner indicated his appreciation for the work in store for ATSU-ASHS graduates listing four important tenants in making a difference in the healthcare of this country: leadership, service, integrity, and excellence.

“Dr Milner’s comments,” said Dean Randy Danielsen “were right on target as our graduates are situated to make a difference in the healthcare future of our country through inspiration, dedication to their profession, and loyalty.”

Dr. Milner serves as dean and professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ School of Physician Assistant Studies.

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