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Tuskegee University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health formally welcomed 35 members of its Class of 2019 into the school’s allied health programs during its Annual White Coat Ceremony and Honors program held Friday, Oct. 5, in Logan Hall. As families and friends looked on, students entering the professional phase of their studies received their white coats to mark their transition.
Dr. Tenika Turner, an instructor in occupational therapy, presided over the program and shared words of advice to ceremony honorees.
“This ceremony is the foundation for you as students to realize the type of commitment you are embarking upon as occupational therapy and health science students,” she said. “You will have a commitment to show compassion, which is one of the core values of being an allied health professional.”
Occupational therapy faculty members Mrs. Shaquandra Hampton-Parker and Dr. Rindia Hunt both spoke at the ceremony, welcoming the students to the professional phase of their studies, which will lay the groundwork for their perspective careers.
Other faculty members who offered congratulatory remarks included Dr. Constance Hendricks, the school’s dean; Dr. Gwendolyn Gray, associate professor of occupational therapy; and Dr. Jannett Lewis-Clark, allied health department chair and interim occupational therapy program director.
Members of the Class of 2019 receiving white coats in occupational therapy included Sharon Arnold, David Brown, Breoin Brumfield, Brianna Davidson, Brieana Dawkins, Kiersten Fluellen, Tse’lani Francis, Jade Grimes, Resheka Harmon, Ashley Harrington, Christina Harris, Aaliyah Hill, Darius Holmes, Aaminah Ishmael, Dawn Johnson, Alexis Jones, Courtney Landrum, Chantell Landry, Taryn Provinchain, Kevin Ratliff, Danasia Robinson, Lenai Samuels, Adriana Stanton, Gabrielle Thomas, Briana Upshaw and Jasmine Vaughn.
Other students receiving their white coats in health sciences included Aleah Andrews, Elaine Arnwine, Brianna Embery, Maia Heath, Monica James, James Lewis, Jamaiya Moore, Terra Pierce, De’janee Saulsberry and Nia Whitlock.
The school’s Department of Allied Health offers students two accredited degree options: a five-year occupational therapy program leading to a master’s of science degree, and an interdisciplinary health sciences program leading to a bachelor of science degree.
For more information about studies in the School of Nursing and Allied Health, visit www.tuskegee.edu/sonah.
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