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Pacific graduates 180 in summer ceremony

Students get degrees in health professions, education
by: Parrish Evans Jeron Jackson and Dalton Douglas graduated from Pacific University’s College of Health Professions Saturday with master’s degrees in healthcare administration.

More than 180 professional degrees were awarded Aug. 13 during Pacific University's summer commencement.

Soon-to-be special education teachers celebrated graduation alongside future dental hygienists, healthcare administrators, physician assistants, counselors and clinical psychologists.

Provost John Miller recognized recently retired faculty members Michel Hersen and Randy Randolph, each of whom spent 14 years at Pacific building the university's schools of Professional Psychology and Physician Assistant Studies, respectively.

President Lesley Hallick then addressed the candidates from the colleges of Education and Health Professions.

'The wonderful thing about education is that no one can ever take it away from you,' she said.

Special awards were given to the following graduates:

School of Dental Health Science - Melanie Jayne, Ashley Cutler, Stacy Shrewsbury, Stephanie Santsche, Jennifer Vollstedt, Monica Payne, Erin Beattie, Kyle Johnstone and Sara Matsumoto.

Masters of Healthcare Administration - Dahlia Cadiz, Glenna Hughes, Meghan Merz, Heather Humelbaugh and Dalton Douglas.

School of Physician Assistant Studies - David Counts, Jason Brown and Sean Naylor.

School of Professional Psychology - Jennifer Sanchez, Christopher Brown, Gloria Rider, Brad Larsen, Meaghe Kelleher, Alex Crampton, Mary Mancuso and Brennan Gilbert.