Fifty-Eight Complete Doctor of Chiropractic Program at Sherman College
Fifty-eight students from around the world received the doctor of chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, on Saturday, December 12, 2020. The college’s 138th and 139th commencement ceremonies were hosted separately with limited seating to ensure the safety of the December 2020 and March 2021 graduates and their guests. The college also live-streamed the ceremonies on Facebook and YouTube so that friends and family could watch.
Cameron Mitchell Clowser of Virginia (December 2020), Lim Hui Zhen of Singapore (December 2020), and Abigail Rovnak Wallace of Maine (March 2021) received the Milton W. Garfunkel Award; Clowser and Wallace 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 those qualities Sherman College would like to inculcate in all of its graduates: love of the profession, an understanding of the philosophy, willingness to share, and service to the college and community.
Lim (December class) and Wallace (March class) 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.
Clowser (December class) and Wallace (March class) 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.
Bryan Gage Allen of North Carolina (December class) and Jan Raphel Rivera Préstamo of Puerto Rico (March class) 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.
The commencement address for the December 2020 class was given by Health Center Case Doctor Kimberley Fielder, D.C. Fielder received the Milton W. Garfunkel Award at her Sherman College graduation in 2006, and she served the college in various capacities from 2006-2007, including admission representative, reception coordinator, biochemistry instructor and lab assistant. She then worked at two chiropractic offices in Virginia before returning to South Carolina in 2009 and joining the faculty at Brown Mackie College in Greenville; she returned to Sherman College as a faculty member in 2016. Fielder founded Healthy Spines in Spartanburg, SC, in 2013 and continues to practice in the family healthcare-focused office where she serves as CEO.
The commencement address for the March 2021 class was given by Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences Daniel J. Becker, M.Ed., D.C. A 2000 Sherman College cum laude graduate, Becker joined the Sherman College faculty as an adjunct instructor in 2016 and currently serves as an assistant professor of clinical sciences. Prior to joining the Sherman College faculty, Becker actively practiced chiropractic in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, both independently and with various clinics. He is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Rehabilitation, a Diplomate of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, and is certified as a Chiropractic Sports Physician by the American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians.
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.