With much hard work and determination, Hillsborough student Sarfaraz Patel graduated as a member of the 209th class from The University of Akron.
Patel successfully completed the program requirements to earn a PhD in chemical engineering.
In all, the summer 2013 class consists of 1,260 candidates from 24 states and 30 countries. This group includes 56 candidates for doctoral degrees; 403 for master's degrees; 526 for bachelor's degrees; and 275 for associate degrees.
Christopher DelMaestro received his white coat at the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2017 at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tenn., on Sept. 21.
DelMaestro is a first-year osteopathic medical student at LMU-DCOM. Prior to enrolling at LMU-DCOM, DelMaestro attended Drew University.
The White Coat Ceremony is a special ceremony designed to mark a student's entrance into medical school. The first White Coat Ceremony was held in 1993 at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and is now a standard ritual in institutions of both allopathic and osteopathic medical education across the country. During the Ceremony, each medical student is presented and "robed" with his or her short white laboratory coat, formalizing and welcoming the student's entrance into the study of medicine.