LIFE UNIVERSITY HOLDS WINTER 2021 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY FOR UNDERGRADUATE, GRADUATE AND CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGES
Marietta, Georgia, March 26, 2021 – Life University (LIFE) conferred 129 degrees upon graduates from its College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies (CGUS) and College of Chiropractic (COC) in a combined commencement ceremony on Friday, March 26, 2020. Twenty-one students earned undergraduate degrees, eight earned master’s degrees and 100 earned LIFE’s flagship Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. Three students were awarded both an undergraduate degree and a D.C., and three others earned their master’s degree and D.C.
The physically-distanced ceremony was held on campus with limited attendance and also livestreamed to viewers on the University’s YouTube page, which allowed family members, loved ones and fellow members of the LIFE community around the world to celebrate with the graduates during this momentous occasion in their lives.
Commencement marks the culmination of years of study and preparation that these students have undergone in pursuit of their degrees from Life University. The virtual presence of family and friends signifies their support, love and belief in these students that helped to make their graduations possible. LIFE chose to livestream the ceremony so that people from all over the U.S. and the world could participate, no matter where they were located.
Maverick Borges gave the CGUS valedictory address and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science during the ceremony. During his speech, Borges emphasized the resilience of his fellow graduates during this unprecedented time, saying “As a student body, we have done our best to overcome the challenges faced and work together as a team to help encourage everyone to succeed. It has been seen in the classes, the hallways and all through our campus that the students are more than just that; we are resourceful, we are hopeful, and we are resilient.”
Sabrina Weaver, the COC valedictorian, gave a rousing valedictorian address that is sure to motivate her fellow Doctor of Chiropractic graduates as they enter the next step in their lives.
“I am extremely honored to be the valedictorian of this amazing group of chiropractors,” said Weaver. This group is truly something special.” She later continued by saying, ‘We will be the ‘flash mob’ of our generation. And just like that flash mob grows and grows and grows as the music plays on, you must do the same. Every day, continue to grow yourself and take others with you on that journey.
In her address, Weaver also noted that she was turned down by many medical schools before finding Life University and Chiropractic, but she realized very soon that this is where she was meant to be.
“If we want Chiropractic to be the song of health and wellness, I believe we need to remain who we are sitting in these seats today, so you should never lose that student inside of you,” Weaver noted. “Always be hungry to learn more of those dance steps. You should never forget how hard this program was either. When you feel like you might be struggling in practice one day, just humble yourself and remember all this adversity you went through to get here. It was worth it, wasn’t it? But if you do struggle, remember that the person sitting next to you, the person sitting in front of you and the person sitting behind you – they’re all on your dance team.”
Founded in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program, the largest single-campus chiropractic program in the world. Undergraduates can pursue 14 undergraduate degrees as well as a pre-chiropractic, degree-seeking pathway. Three graduate degrees are available, encompassing areas of sport health science, clinical nutrition and positive psychology. Some degree programs are offered to distance learners through the College of Online Education.
Life University strives to empower its students to succeed both professionally and personally. LIFE advances a leading-edge approach to higher education while also remaining true to the University’s philosophical commitment to produce informed leaders who exemplify humanistic values in their professions. To achieve this goal, LIFE recognizes and demonstrates its dedication through three official Life University Values: Lasting Purpose, Vitalism and Integrity.
LIFE’s 110-acre campus in Marietta, Georgia, just northwest of Atlanta, is home to more than 2,700 undergraduate, graduate and professional students who come from all 50 United States and more than 45 countries.
For more about Life University, visit LIFE.edu.