Now, I was at our youngest son’s White Coat ceremony. It is the portal that these young health professionals pass through with great delight. Now, they have finished a grueling period of rigorous classroom work.
In a matter of weeks they will begin their “rotations”. They will be assigned to real hospitals with real illnesses and injuries. There they will work alongside physicians and put their knowledge into
This is a major milestone for these students. It is worth the pause to celebrate. A ceremony when they put on their white coats is the symbol of that achievement.
Knowing that our son’s passage across the stage would happen quickly, I remembered the athletic action setting. Once it was clicked into place, I just snapped away. Each motion moment was captured on digital slides.
Jeremy put in one arm. People were applauding. I know that our family was cheering.
Then, the final arm slipped into place. He adjusted his shoulders like a man donning a new suit. It looked good. It seemed to fit him just right.
Then, there was a hug. That’s not usual. At least in my experience I did not commonly see such affection in a commencement ceremony.
Words were whispered that we in the crowd were not privy to. It was one professional speaking encouragement into the next generation of professionals. If that is what bedside manner is all about then these people did something very good in the educational process.
One more faculty member was on stage. She was not about to be short-changed from a congratulatory hug and special words whispered to her student. It was all happening so quickly.
Every family member and friend who came to the ceremony waited for their special member to walk the stage and be gowned in their professional white coat. We all got into the mood and cheered every graduate whose name was called. The athletic setting worked just right.
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