Marshall’s School of Physical Therapy invites community to White Coat Ceremony; first DPT class to graduate May 9

The  School of Physical Therapy will hold its 3rd annual White Coat Ceremony and Presentation Day at the St. Mary’s Center for Education Friday, May 1.  The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage that marks the students’ transition into a clinical environment, according to program director Dr. Penny Kroll

“The White Coat Ceremony is a formal ‘cloaking’ of students with the white coat, a symbol of clinical care and service typically worn in the clinical setting,” Kroll said. “During the ceremony, students will recite the American Physical Therapy Oath for Physical Therapists, affirming their commitment to the profession and their future patients.

Joining the first-year students receiving their white coats will be members of the first class to graduate from Marshall’s Doctor of Physical Therapy, who began their studies three years ago and will graduate May 9. The graduating class will be reciting the oath along with the first-year students as a reaffirmation of the oath they took during the White Coat Ceremony two years ago, Kroll said

Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the College of Health Professions, said he hopes members of the university community will attend this year’s White Coat Ceremony as it exemplifies the continued growth and development of Marshall University

“Three years ago, we established a program that would serve the growing need for more physical therapists in our region. Today, with the help of amazing faculty and staff, we can successfully say we have contributed to one of the fastest growing professions in the nation,” Prewitt said. “We feel very privileged to be a part of this growth and change at Marshall and believe me, it doesn’t stop here.”

The  White Coat Ceremony and Presentation Day will begin 1 p.m. May 1 in the School of Physical Therapy at St. Mary’s Community Conference Room, located at 2847 5th Ave. in Huntington.