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White Coat Ceremony kicks off audiology students’ clinical careers

audLamar University’s Student Academy of Audiology hosted this year’s White Coat Ceremony for third-year doctoral students on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The ceremony honored eight students who have completed their academic training and are heading out to do their clinical residencies.

The White Coat Ceremony is a special event for students in Lamar’s Doctor of Audiology program as they are bestowed the coats traditionally worn by clinical professionals. The annual ceremony marks the completion of their pre-clinical coursework and symbolizes their entry into clinical practice.

Students who received their white coats at the event were Steven Allred of Huntsville; Patrick Buchanan, Houston; Tracey Castillo, Nederland; Andrea Howland, Houston; Danielle Hummel, San Antonio; Kristian Ormson, Amarillo; Jessica Spratt, Minneapolis; and Jennifer Weyler, Kountze.

“As the program director for Lamar Audiology, I am proud to send these students out across the United States to complete their education, and to represent Lamar University,” said Vickie Dionne, associate professor. “I look forward to seeing them back here next year for graduation ceremonies.”

Kevin St. Clergy, owner of educatedpatients.com, an audiology marketing website, gave the keynote address. St. Clergy graduated from Lamar with a Master of Science in audiology.

“Mr. St. Clergy’s speech was very inspiring and uplifting,” said Dionne. “This was an amazing event. The Student Academy of Audiology who sponsors the event each year did an outstanding job, and should be pleased with their efforts on behalf of their fellow students.”

This year’s white coat honorees are going to an impressive variety of externships for their residencies, including private practices and public health agencies across the United States. The 12-month clinical residencies are full-time placements for the students that will satisfy the requirements for the Doctor of Audiology so they will graduate in May 2014