For Health Sciences Campus
The Health Sciences Campus has various ceremonies throughout the year for each of The School of Health Sciences graduate-level academic programs including Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies and for the School of Nursing.
School of Health Sciences & Nursing Commencement
The School of Health Sciences Commencement happens at different times throughout the year given the timing of each specific program. The August ceremonies recognize the graduates from Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies while the December ceremony recognizes the graduates from Occupational Therapy.
Commencement will be held on August 14, 2021, at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va. for graduates in PT and Nursing at 10 a.m. and PA at 1 p.m.
Commencement will be held on December 11, 2021, for graduates in OT.
White Coat Ceremony
Both the Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies programs participate in White Coat Ceremonies for each of their cohorts. These special ceremonies happen throughout the various stages of each cohort.
For the Physical Therapy students, this signifies the beginning of the year-long clinical rotation component of the program and comes following two years focused on the didactic portion of students’ training. The ceremony is a rite of passage that serves as a symbol of the responsibility, obligations, honor, excellence, accountability, compassion and inclusiveness required of their chosen profession.
The PT White Coat Ceremony was held on July 31, 2021 at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts.
Physician Assistant Studies
The White Coat Ceremony for Physician Assistant Studies students signifies their transition as they prepare to begin supervised practice in a clinical setting. Students also recite the Physician Assistant Professional Oath near the end of the ceremony.
The PA White Coat Ceremony will be held on Aug. 23, 2021 at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va.
School of Nursing
Students graduating from our Nursing programs participate in a pinning ceremony signifying their completion of the program.
The Pinning Ceremony will be held on August 14, 2021, at 12 p.m at the General Francis Marion Hotel.
The Occupational Therapy program recognizes the students in their cohorts who have completed the classroom portion of their program with a Pinning Ceremony. Students will go on to begin their six months of clinical training and this ceremony celebrates their accomplishments over the past two years.