Bastyr University Welcomes the Class of 2015!

“What I’ve become at Bastyr is undeniably me,” Ana Ruediger said as she addressed her fellow graduates at Bastyr University’s 34th annual commencement exercises on June 22, 2015.

Ruediger, the student speaker representing Bastyr’s doctoral program, was among 289 graduates from 17 degree and certificate programs who filled Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and joined more than 5,000 alumni in their call to healing. 

The principle address by Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH, FAAP, emphasized the importance of social policy and its direct correlation to the health of individuals.

“Housing, nutrition, neighborhood condition and stress — all these conditions impact a person’s health,” Dr. Hayes said, encouraging graduates to practice social awareness in their careers and communities.

Hayes also distinguished and honored the event as the last graduation ceremony presented by President Daniel K. Church, PhD, after 10 years of service to Bastyr University.

The ceremony also served as a public farewell to two irreplaceable professors, Harold Modell, PhD, and Aleyamma Thomas, PhD, who are retiring at the close of this academic year.

Student speakers included Christina Ralutz, who received a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nutrition and Culinary Arts; Virginia Newman, who received a Master of Science in Nutrition/Didactic Program in Dietetics; and Ana Ruediger who earned a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine along with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology.

Graduates earned degrees and certificates in:

Congratulations to the class of 2015 and their families! The graduates take their newfound skills and knowledge of natural health out to the world. Jon Flora, a member of the Board of Trustees, reminded graduates they will always be welcomed back to their home at Bastyr University: “You are Bastyr forever and ever.”

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