Seventy-five students from Northwestern University’s Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences (NUPTHMS) Class of 2015 assembled at Thorne Auditorium on Saturday, April 18, with family, faculty and well-wishers to receive their DPT diplomas.

Professor and chair of PTHMS, Julius Dewald, PT, PhD, greeted the graduates and congratulated them on their hard work, then introduced Feinberg’s vice dean for Regulatory Affairs, Robert Rosa, MD, to expound upon the responsibilities and rewards of being a medical professional.

Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, FAPTA, professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and associate dean of research for the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, gave the commencement speech. Dr. Delitto, a six-time winner of the Orthopaedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association’s Steven J. Rose Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, presented “Advice from an Old Railroader” to the 87th convocation.

Afterward, Babette Sanders, PT, DPT, MS, FAPTA, associate professor and assistant chair for Curriculum Affairs, and Marjorie Johnson Hilliard, PT, MS, EdD, associate professor and associate chair for Professional Education, presented the graduates with their diplomas.

Fellow graduates clap for Catheriya Curran, ’15 DPT (bottom center), who served as class speaker for the graduating class of 75 students during the PT Program’s 87th convocation.

Fellow graduates clap for Catheriya Curran, ’15 DPT (bottom center), who served as class speaker for the graduating class of 75 students during the PT Program’s 87th convocation.

Several individuals collected additional honors: Dorine Aziz received the Clinical Education Award and Benjamin Beutler accepted the Leadership Award. Three DPT graduates–Benjamin Binder-Markey, Lindsay Garmirian, and Rosalind Heckman–were recognized as the Dean’s Feinberg DPT/PhD Scholars. Scholarship winners included: Dorine Aziz–Diversity Scholarship; Benjamin Beutler, Taylor Molitor, Alyssa Montanaro and Katelyn Skinner–Elizabeth Wood/Dorothy Voss PT Scholarship; and Kyle Denlinger–Sally C. Edelsberg Scholarship in Physical Therapy.

In addition, the graduates were recognized for the successful completion of an original research study. Projects covered a variety of areas concerning stroke patients’ abilities and rehabilitation, abdominal strength in recreational runners, physical activity of children in an urban Chicago neighborhood, and the effect of mouthguards on aerobic capacity and heart rate variability.

Closing the ceremony, Catheriya Curran, ’15 DPT, delivered the graduating class message. After pausing in the lobby for pictures with relatives and friends, all proceeded to the colorful Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier for the reception.