Department of Allied Health Sciences Celebrates 2018 Commencement

Hundreds of students, representing five divisions in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Allied Health Sciences, received degrees between May 11 to May 13, 2018.

Department of Allied Health Sciences Celebrates 2018 Commencement click to enlarge Dr. Stephen Hooper address Division of Clinical Laboratory Science graduates.

Hundreds of students graduated from the UNC School of Medicine Department of Allied Health Sciences across five divisions of the health care spectrum from May 11 to May 13, 2018.

Students from the Divisions of Clinical Laboratory Science, Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Radiologic Science, Speech and Hearing Sciences, and the Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science program completed degrees at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. 

Dr. Stephen R. Hooper, chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences and associate dean in the UNC School of Medicine, addressed graduates at their respective celebrations.

Division of Clinical Laboratory Science

The Division of Clinical Laboratory Science celebrated its graduates on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at the Louis Round Wilson Library immediately following University commencement exercises. Drs. Susan Beck and Stephen R. Hooper addressed graduates, encouraging them to be proud of their accomplishments and what they will contribute to health care. Beck is the program director.

The program featured recognition of award recipients and a senior capital campaign presentation. Beck recognized CLS Service Society members for their service-minded work to support the profession while students in the program. "We are very proud of you and your accomplishments," Beck said.

The division graduated 21 undergraduate students and six master’s students. Dr. Beck recognized Neil Patel as 2018 Outstanding Senior; Patel also presented results from the senior class campaign.

Division of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling 

The division celebrated its Master of Science graduates on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in the Medical Biomolecular Research Building (MBRB). The program's graduates specialized in psychiatric disability, developmental disability, or both. 

Drs. Eileen Burker and Stephen R. Hooper addressed graduates and their families before welcoming both a faculty a student speaker to the stage. Burker, the program director, also conferred degrees to graduates.

Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy 

The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy celebrated completion of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program with its graduates on Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Gerrard Hall. The program included an address to graduates by Dr. Stephen R. Hooper, presentation of awards, and a class gift. Twenty-two students received degrees in occupational therapy or occupational science. Assistant Professor Raheleh Tschoepe, MS, OTR/L, and Ryan LaValley, spoke to graduates.

Division of Radiologic Science

The division celebrated its 12 graduates on Saturday, May 12, 2018 with a commencement ceremony in the Medical Biomolecular Research Building (MBRB). Program graduates earned a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science. Alumna Meek Myoung introduced the speaker, Lorenzo Spruill, RT(R), with Duke Outpatient Diagnostic Radiology. Students gave a special recognition award to Division Director Joy Renner, MA, RT(R) for her work in ensuring student success. Chi Adabel Lee, BS, RT(R)(MR), served as alumni speaker.

Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences

The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences held its 48th annual commencement ceremony at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science

The Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science program, a joint initiative between the UNC School of Medicine and UNC-Charlotte, celebrated its sixth graduating class on May 11, 2018 on the UNC-Charlotte campus. The online program recognized eight graduates, all of who received a Bachelor of Science degree. The NDSS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Commission on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoA PSG).

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