On Wednesday, April 7th, Stockton University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy’s Class of 2022 held their Commitment to the Profession Ceremony. The event was held outside of the John F. Scarpa Health Sciences Center in a tent provided by Stockton’s Physical Therapy Club. During the ceremony, students received their white coats and took an oath pledging their commitment to their field. The ceremony was led by master of ceremonies and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Tom Nolan, Jr., and featured speakers such as Margaret Slusser, the Dean of Health Sciences and Megan Gardner, president-elect of the New Jersey American Physical Therapy Association.
Stockton University made a press release regarding the event in a report written by Diane D’Amico. According to D’Amico, the Commitment to the Profession Ceremony “marks the transition from the academic program to clinical experiences where students will spend their final year before graduation.” During the ceremony, students were advised to “keep listening and learning, to network with others, learn new skills, and be active in their association” and to “look for mentors and be open to mentoring others.”
In her report of the ceremony, D’Amico lists the 31 students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy’s Class of 2022, stating that “the 31 students in the class are: Theresa Abapo of Toms River, Christopher Bajada of Manahawkin, Emily Brand of Pittstown, Ariel Camaligan of Somerset, Caroline Castro of Keansburg, Matthew Cohen of Robbinsville, Alexandra Desmond of Columbia, Md., Jared DeVita of Atco, Alexander Gong of Galloway, Olivia Hoant of Toms River, Randi Lyn Hornyak of Ogdensburg, Melanie Iatarola of Sewell, Shera Jang of Hainesport, Austin Jennis of Flemington. Also, Reed Kanakis of Fair Lawn, Grace Kim of Budd Lake, Max Kozlovsky of Paramus, Christine Mac of Cherry Hill, Holly McBrearty of Marmora, Alexis Medina of Howell, Clara Morgan of East Brunswick, Brooke Nolan of Mullica Hill, Brittany Nycz of Toms River, Jasper Orcino of Kendall Park, Nicole Pallante of Brick, Jude Pino of Bergenfield, Corinne Russo of Ringwood, Raleigh Sadang of Bergenfield, Gina Santoro of Middlesex, Amelia Steelman of Sea Isle City and Brandon Young of Staten Island, N.Y.”
D’Amico’s report, along with a photo gallery of the event, can be found here.