2020 Commencement Program


The 2020 ACHS Graduation Ceremony took place on June 19, 2020. It was our honor to virtually celebrate the incredible achievements of our graduates across the U.S. and abroad. Following is the program recording and speaker order.


Order of Speakers

Opening Remarks

Dorene Petersen, Founder and President

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Koffi Dessou, Deputy Director of the City of Portland's Office of Equity and Human Rights

Recognition of 2020 DEAC Outstanding Graduate

Dr. Natalie DeWitt, Dean of Students

Outstanding Graduate Address

Stephanie Petersen, MS

Recognition of 2020 DEAC Famous Alumni

Dr. Natalie DeWitt, Dean of Students

Famous Alumni Address

Katja Evans, MS

Recognition of the ACHS Faculty Awards

Dr. Hill Taylor, Chief Academic Officer

Presentation of Faculty Awards

Rising Star Award Recipient presented by Lisa Warman 2020 Rising Star recipient: Anisa Kassim Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients presented by Dr. Nicole Betschman 2020 Distinguished Faculty recipients: Deryl Gulliford and Abbey Skinner Distinguished Faculty Award Recipients presented by Abbey Skinner 2020 Distinguished Faculty recipients: Dr. Lori Holdren, Amanda Lattin and Dr. Susan E. Marcus

The Awarding of Certificates, Diplomas, and Degrees

Department of Aromatherapy and Spa Management

Department of Herbal Medicine

Department of Integrative Health and Wellness

Closing Remarks & Charge to the Graduates

Dorene Petersen, Founder and President