SAU graduation Dec. 19


DAVENPORT — St. Ambrose University will hold its 2015 Winter Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Dec. 19 at the River Center. A total of 291 degrees will be conferred: 164 bachelor’s degrees, 90 master’s degrees and 37 doctoral degrees.

Jon Turnquist, master of occupational therapy clinical assistant professor, will give the 2015 Winter Commencement address.

Prior to joining the St. Ambrose faculty in 1999, Turnquist worked with patients with a variety of neurological, cardiopulmonary and orthopedic conditions in acute care, rehabilitation, long-term care and outpatient rehabilitation settings.

In addition to teaching in the Occupational Therapy department, Turnquist serves as director of Jim’s Place, the St. Ambrose Assistive Technology training/demonstration home. The only one of its kind in the nation, the 1950s-era bungalow “solutions house” has been modified to showcase and feature assistive technology solutions for persons with disabilities. Jim’s Place also functions as a training center for St. Ambrose students and as a service to community members and local and regional health care professionals.


Turnquist has presented nationally at the American Occupational Therapy Association conference and has designed many devices that are in use both regionally and nationally. He is a five-time first-place winner of the national Maddak Award for Assistive Technology Design.

Turnquist earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from St. Ambrose and was certified as an Assistive Technology Professional by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.

Seating for the commencement is open with no tickets required, but guests are encouraged to arrive early. Anyone needing special accommodations should contact the Student Disabilities Services office at (563) 333-6275.

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