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Jemma Kim Named DCHS Precommencement Speaker

Doctor of Physical Therapy student Jemma Kim (DPT Class of ’23) has been selected as the 2023 Saint Louis University Doisy College of Health Sciences Precommencement speaker. 

Chris Sebelski P.T., D.P.T, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, spoke of Kim's growth in the program. 

“The faculty and staff of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training have shared Jemma’s journey through six years of the program," Dr. Sebelski said. "We are proud to see her actualize her potential with so many accomplishments including the DCHS Student Speaker.”   

Jemma Kim wearing a white lab coat sitting in front of a blue background
Doctor of Physical Therapy student Jemma Kim (DPT Class of ’23). 

Kim also received the 2023 American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Outstanding Student Physical Therapist Award this spring.  

The Outstanding Physical Therapist Award is a $1,000 scholarship that identifies a student physical therapist with exceptional overall accomplishments and contributions to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the physical therapy profession.

Kim's other accomplishments include: “Spirit of the Billiken” Award, Honorary White Coat Ceremony Speaker, Saint Louis University Women’s Commission “Woman of the Year,” and Jesuit Service awards. She is a member of Alpha Eta, National Allied Health Honor Society, and was selected for the 2023 APTA Leadership Scholars Program. 

Dean Bernard Rousseau Ph.D., MMC, FASHA spoke of Kim's recognition as this year’s student speaker. 

“We are extremely proud to recognize Jemma Kim as this year’s precommencement student speaker. Jemma is a natural leader and exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of a Saint Louis University student. We are excited for her future and look forward to her continued engagement with our program as a graduate of the Doisy College of Health Sciences.” 

The Doisy College of Health Sciences Precommencement Ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Central Time, Friday, May 19, 2023, at Chaifetz Arena. The ceremony will stream live on, Saint Louis University’s YouTube channel and the DCHS Facebook page. Visit the Saint Louis University Commencement page for additional event details. 

About SLU’s Edward and Margaret Doisy College of Health Sciences:

The Doisy College of Health Sciences has provided students with the tools and education to become well-prepared healthcare professionals since 1929. The Doisy College of Health Sciences offers healthcare education at the baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and professional levels in a variety of health-related fields.

About Saint Louis University:

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.