The American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Graduates 28 Students
At 5 o’clock on the afternoon of August 10, 1919, a shower of heavy rain brought the coolness of early autumn to Minnesota. Undeterred by the downpour, a large assembly of friends, family, faculty, and other well-wishers gathered at AAAOM to celebrate the graduating class of 2019. Make that the TWO graduating classes of 2019. For the first time ever, AAAOM held a combined ceremony for the Master’s degree graduates and the doctoral degree graduates. This was the 17th graduation ceremony since AAAOM’s first-ever graduating class of 2003. Since 2003, nearly 400 students have graduated from AAAOM’s Master of Science, doctoral, and tuina programs. This year also marked a significant anniversary for the school, which opened its doors 20 years ago, in 1999.
Highlights of the graduation program included speeches by Dr. Changzhen Gong, school president; Dr. Daniel Jiao, visiting professor for the DAOM program; and AAAOM alumna Molly (Sorensen) Kubinski. Graduate reflections for the Master’s degree class were presented by Brianna Loftus. Mingjie (Jason) Zhu spoke on behalf of the doctoral class. AAAOM alumnus Ben Kothe acted as Master of Ceremonies, and Annelise Carlson provided musical selections on the guzheng (Chinese zither).
For the closing ceremonies, Dr. Lili Tian, Academic Director of the Master’s Program, presented diplomas to the Master’s degree graduates. Doctoral degree candidates received ceremonial hoods, which were attached to their gowns by Dr. Gong and Dr. Tianwei Guo, Director of the DAOM program. After receiving their hoods, doctoral graduates recited a DAOM oath as a group, led by classmate Mona Robbins.
Master’s degree class of 2019: Megan Bolek; Karen Chang; Josephine Fernandez; Jing Yu Gong; Hai Huang; Michelle Jones; Kelli Knepprath; Michael Lin; Brianna Loftus; Katie Long; Derrick Lundberg; Rachel Rosen; Michelle Van Meter; Brett Willis; Tiffany Yang; Naiyuan Zhang-Lunser.
DAOM class of 2019: Cary Hakam; Belinda He; Xinyi He; Danny Khounh; Jianhua Liu; Tabitha Olsen-Bergman; Stacy Rischette; Mona Robbins; Tian Tan; Fang Wan; Ning Wu; Mingjie Zhu.