On Friday, May 19, 2017 ACTCM held its First Annual Pinning Ceremony at St. Teresa de Avila. It was a lovely celebration at which we were welcomed by our Executive Director, Lixin Huang. We honored faculty members Carla Wilson, Jung Kim, Mark Frost and Yuan Jin Tao. We heard touching and inspiring speeches from DAOM graduate Kara Romanko and MSTCM graduates Emily Leap and Sarrah Moon. MSTCM graduate Patricia Kim also serenaded us with a sweetly TCM rendition of The Ones Who Dream.
About 45 brand new alumni crossed the stage to the cheers of their family and symbolically received ACTCM pins from an individual who had supported them through their studies. Bing Zou led the graduates in a recitation of the Practitioner’s Oath and we were guided through out by Georgette Ray-Johnson.
An event like this does not happen on its own. I would like to take a moment to thank Richard Alberta, Georgette Ray-Johnson and Hannah Strack for their help. They spent hours moving chairs, arranging flowers, preparing food and assisting the graduates and their guests. Thank you again!
Graduates, it’s been a long road that has brought you here. It’s no small accomplishment and we hope you’ve continued celebrating this achievement. You will be missed on campus but you’ll always be part of the ACTCM family. I will be in touch soon with details about all the ways you can stay connected to the ACTCM community as alumni. In the meantime, good luck preparing for boards!
With much admiration,
Michael Sano, Associate Dean of Students
Our photographer, Josh Edelson, got lots of great snaps of the grads, their guests and all the details that made this ceremony so special. Check them out here.