School of Public Health graduates 142 in joyful celebration

There was a whole lot of celebrating at the School of Public Health graduation

A total of 142 students graduated from Loma Linda University School of Public Health on Sunday, June 12. Of that number, 34 received an MBA, 90 received an MPH, one received an MS, 16 received a DrPH, and one received a PhD.

Commencement speaker Timothy Gillespie, PhD, who serves as senior pastor of Crosswalk Church as well as a chaplain at Azusa Pacific University and assistant professor at Loma Linda University School of Public Health, addressed the class of 2016 on the topic of "Success, Significance, Survival."

The following individuals received awards:

  • Angie Lam: President's Award
  • Nina Nguyen: Dean's Award
  • Emily Richter: Dean's Award
  • Nasira Burkholder: Dean's Award
  • Catriona Sansonetti: School Distinguished Service Award
  • Briana Hewitt: Hulda Crooks Scholarship Award
  • Christy Mota: Hulda Crooks Scholarship Award
  • Kirbee Brooks: Randall Lewis Fellowship Award
  • Jessica Chairez: Randall Lewis Fellowship Award
  • Katrina Dimacali, Randall Lewis Fellowship Award
  • Marina Gettas: Randall Lewis Fellowship Award
  • Adesola Olajide: Randall Lewis Fellowship Award
  • Erin Acosta: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Omari Battles: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Aaron DeLeon: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Katrina Dimacali: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Jimmy Duong: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Dennys Estevez: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Weanne Estrada: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Bertha Long: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Andrew Maschak: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Christina Miller: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Christy Mota: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Nina Nguyen: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Emily Richter: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Joanne Rodrigue: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Roxanne Wolfe: Delta Omega Honor Society
  • Edward Bitok: Merrit C.Horning Award for Outstanding Student Research
  • Peter Gleason: William Dysinger Excellence in Teaching Award from the School of Public Health Student Association
  • Jisoo Oh: Charlie Liu Award from the School of Public Health Student Association
  • Catherine Martinez: Ruth White Award from the School of Public Health Student Association
  • Weanne Estrada: Willard and Irene Humpal Award
  • Magory Dolcy: Wil Alexander Whole Person Care Award
  • Raina Pandit: Excellence in Global Health Scholarship Award
  • "Kevin" Ming-Hsien Tsai: Excellence in Geoinformatics Studies Award
  • "Edward" Cheng-Hsiao: Excellence in Geoinformatics Studies Award
  • Utkarsh Patel: Environmental and Occupational Health Scholarship Award
  • Sarah Rose Steahly: Environmental and Occupational Health Scholarship Award
  • Olivia Nedelea: Alexander and Maria Kirk Health Administration Scholarship Award
  • Shaheen Zakaria: Alexander and Maria Kirk Health Administration Scholarship Award
  • Maham Chaudhry: David S. Penner Scholarship Award
  • Kimberly McWhorter: David S. Penner Scholarship Award
  • Michaell Rose: David S. Penner Scholarship Award
  • Monica Walbolt: Glen Blix Award for Excellence in Preventive Care
  • Dede Teteh: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award
  • Ahmed Al Abdrabalnabi: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award
  • Lena Alshukri: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award
  • Rita Amen: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award
  • Edward Bitok: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award
  • Lindsay Fahnestock: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award
  • Lesley Ann Foster-Nicholas: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award
  • Kendra Franco: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award
  • Lynnley Huey: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award
  • Angie Lam: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award
  • Erika Layne: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award
  • Catherine Park: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award
  • Alyssa Perron: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award
  • Colleen Tan: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award
  • Kellie Yamahata: Selma Andrews Scholarship Award

After the conferring of degrees, Anna Nelson, MPH, and Darrell Kent Peterson, DrPH, led the graduates in reciting the graduation pledge. Nelson is director of the oncampus and online MPH program and Peterson is a member of the class of 2016 who just received a DrPH in health policy and leadership.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates marched in to the sunshine to celebrate their achievements with friends and family members.