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Relive: Physical Therapy White Coat Ceremony 2019

Relive: Physical Therapy White Coat Ceremony 2019

Friday, April 12 was a proud moment for students in the Physical Therapy program at D’Youville. Members of the Class of 2020 received their white coats during a ceremony at Holy Angels Church. 

White coat ceremonies are tradition in healthcare profession programs. Receiving a white coat symbolizes the transition from academic study to clinical practice. 

“It’s a mini-graduation which recognizes that our faculty have deemed our students ready to start treating patients and clients in supervised clinical practice as the next phase of their education,” said Lynn Rivers PhD, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. “My favorite part of the ceremony is seeing them all with their coats on and reciting the Pledge of Professional Performance alongside faculty members.” 

Parting words and advice were given by Dr. Penny Klein, professor emerita, who said, “Remember the art of your profession along with all of the skill and knowledge you have gained. Listen to your patients. Learn their stories and hopes and worries. Include this in your care.”