2013 Spring Commencement

Spring Commencement

The Salus University commencement ceremony for Class of 2013 graduates of the optometry, audiology, low vision and blindness education and rehabilitation, and public health programs was held on Sunday, May 26 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA.

This year’s commencement was historic for two reasons. Incoming president, Dr. Michael H. Mittelman was ceremonially gowned and given the Chain of Office by the University’s Board of Trustees Chair Jo Surpin and current president, Dr. Thomas L. Lewis. The second notable reason was the first graduates of the University’s Master of Public Health degree program. Four of the six graduates of the inaugural class attended the ceremony.

The University conferred 157 Doctor of Optometry (OD) degrees; 20 Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degrees; 17 Master of Science (MS) degrees in low vision programs; one Master of Education (MEd) degree in Vision Rehabilitation Teaching; 21 Master of Science (MSc) degrees in Clinical Optometry to graduates from Norway (who completed two clinical rotations in Elkins Park during their program); six Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees, and 35 post-graduate certificates to members of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry Residency program.

Shana Barrett, president of the Class of 2013 and an optometry graduate, gave the commencement address. Rear Admiral Colin G. Chinn, MD, MHS, FACP, director, US Navy Medical Resources Plans and Policy Division, introduced the keynote speaker, Salus president-designate, Dr. Michael H. Mittelman. Salus University Board of Trustees chair, Ms. Jo Surpin, thanked Dr. Lewis for his service to the University and he received a standing ovation from faculty, students and guests. 
Commencement day began with the usual morning rehearsal for the graduates at the Kimmel Center, which progressed nicely – once the evacuation order for an errant fire alarm was lifted. After lunch, graduates and faculty gathered to don their gowns and line up for the procession into the hall at 2:00 p.m.

To enjoy a slideshow of commencement photos courtesy of Salus PCO students Vaughn Huynh, Class of 2014, Vittorio Mena, Class of 2015 and GradImages.  Congratulations to the Class of 2013! - To see photos: