January 17, 2013 at 9:02 am

Department of Physical Therapy Celebrates Commencement in the Commons, Jan. 19

Eighty-three students will graduate with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University on Saturday, Jan. 19. (Watch the ceremony online.)

Provost Dr. Steve O. Michael will preside over the event, which begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes an Invocation, an address, and the announcement of several achievement awards. Following the awarding of academic hoods and conferring of degrees, closing remarks will be given by Dr. Rebecca L. Craik, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. The program will conclude with a reception at Grey Towers Castle.

This is the second class to graduate with revisions in the department’s curriculum. The graduating class did not have a seven-week break between its first and second years but continued with classes through the summer. Students also were required to collect data on patients and enter this information into a database, where the data were analyzed. The students also completed a six-month final internship.

“The class members will enter the realm of health care and face new opportunities and challenges,” says Craik. “I believe that our students have been well prepared to embark on this new adventure.”

The DPT Class of 2013 includes 54 entry-level students, some of whom are scheduled to graduate at a later date, and 32 transitional students. Twenty-seven students scheduled to graduate participated in an international experience while at Arcadia.


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