Valpo’s inaugural class of the master of science in physician assistant studies had their graduation on Sept. 18.
The 19 graduates enrolled in the masters program immediately after graduating from undergrad at VU in 2018.
The graduation ceremony, which is also called the white coat ceremony, signifies the completion of the two-years masters program.
Those who were graduating were able to gather in person to honor their accomplishments, although their friends and family members were not able to be present in person. However, there was a live stream of the graduation, making it possible for the friends and family of the graduates to attend virtually.
The white coat ceremony was socially distanced to adhere to distancing guidelines put in place by the university and the local government.
Many of the students from the first class of the physician assistant program have already accepted job offers in the greater Northwest Indiana area.
As stated in an article published to Valpo News following the graduation, this is a time to look towards the future.
“Graduates, as you approach a new beginning, how will you take the lessons and experiences from Valpo into your careers as compassionate and prepared health care workers?” said Interim Provost Richard A. Gillman, D.A in the article.
The five-year PA program consists of three years in undergraduate, where upon completion graduates get a bachelor's degree, and then two years in graduate study immediately after.
In the 2015-16 school year, Valpo welcomed the first cohort of students to join the PA program.
“The addition of the physician assistant program has not only benefited the mission of the college, but the University’s goals overall. Valpo is committed to providing cutting-edge academic programs that prepare our graduates for meaningful lives in a world that needs them,” said Colette Irwin Knott ’81, interim president-elect in the article.
Congratulations to the inaugural class of the PA program.