Sonja Burgos, best of class at Keizer University’s West Palm Beach campus, and the students’ husband and wife, Tom and Teresa Buzzerd, recently shared inspiring insights with fellow students as they celebrated their graduation.
Burgos, who plans to pursue her master’s degree, stressed the importance of perseverance and shared that she is grateful for life’s “twists and turns” that led her to Keizer University’s psychology program. Tom Buzzerd, a former behavioral scientist who has worked in the mental health and law enforcement fields for more than 25 years and has served as a psychology professor at Keizer University since 2010, emphasized an unwavering vision. “Make a decision and follow that direction, and then commit to learning everything you can. If you need help, ask for it. The days add up and before you know it you have reached your destination.”
Buzzerd, who earned his PhD, graduated alongside his wife, Teresa, and credits her with giving him the “gift of time” to work on assignments, papers, and his dissertation. “She provided the space and environment to progress,” he said, while also thanking his mother for inspiring him to continue working toward his advanced degree, along with his Keizer friends and peers who continue the fire fueled.
After starting her career in healthcare as a medical assistant, Teresa continued her education as a clinical massage therapy student and was encouraged by Tom to pursue her Doctor of Chiropractic at Keizer University’s College of Chiropractic Medicine. “My family has been very motivating,” Teresa said of Tom and her three daughters, Kelsey, Josie and Kody. “Another strong motivator was my youngest daughter, Kody, who had a corrective spinal fusion for scoliosis a few years ago.” Having originally earned her high school GED in 1994, she is grateful she returned to college and thanks her family members as well as her Keizer University professors for their support: “Ultimately, everyone believed that I would be a great doctor, and I think I did, too,” she said.
Keizer University’s Bachelor of Arts program in Psychology prepares students with the knowledge and skills to pursue entry-level positions in a variety of careers. The principles of psychology are used in almost every field, from human resources and rehabilitation therapies to educational testing and business practices. The program is a strong foundation for postgraduate study in psychology and other disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. It also prepares undergraduate candidates to successfully apply to vocational schools such as law and business.
The Doctor of Chiropractic program at Keizer University is a rigorous professional program consisting of ten semesters of study completed over 40 months. It combines traditional lectures with small group learning, weekly conferences and seminars, laboratory and experiential sessions, and clinical training opportunities at a range of locations. All coursework includes case-based relevance to chiropractic practice as an entry-level profession committed to excellence in spinal care.
Keizer University is a private, independent, not-for-profit university serving nearly 20,000 students in 21 Florida, online and two international campuses. Co-founded by Chancellor Arthur Keizer, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keizer in 1977, Keizer University currently offers more than 100 degrees from associates to doctorates. Keizer University is a designated Hispanic-serving institution, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and was ranked 5th in the US for social mobility by US News And World Report in 2022.