In a swift motion, the tassels were turned as 216 students ranging in age from 22 to 62 celebrated in Bastyr University’s 33rd annual Commencement Exercise on June 23, 2014, at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.
The graduates joined more than 5,000 Bastyr alumni in the University’s history as they were awarded with doctoral, masters, and bachelor’s degrees in 16 different areas of study.
The commencement’s principle speaker, Gifford Pinchot III, is an author, founder and president of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and chairman of Pinchot & Company. He spoke to the students about his personal experiences in health care and offered them advice on their future endeavors.
“You have joined a movement,” Pinchot said, “a movement to change the world.”
Pinchot is no stranger to Bastyr, giving his son Alexander a shout-out during his speech, as he was one of the graduates receiving a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree.
His address was followed by graduating student speakers Chloe Friedland, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Culinary Arts; Jonathan Day, Master of Arts in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; and Ana Luisa Cabrales, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.
Friedland’s final words to the graduates offered a simple thought on why each one of them had chosen Bastyr in the first place: “We all thought differently, yet we hungered for the same; we were the trail-blazers.”