Graduate Student Oath Ceremony set for August 19, 2016
Penn State College of Medicine will welcome its incoming graduate students pursuing DrPH, MS, MPH., or PhD degrees on Friday, August 19, 2016 with the Graduate Student Oath Ceremony, which will take place at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The inaugural oath ceremony took place on August 21, 2009.
In the presence of faculty, friends and peers, current graduate students will be invited to recite the Graduate Student Oath. Then incoming students will receive their first white laboratory coat or other academic remembrance appropriate to their degree, a symbol of their entrance into the biomedical research profession. Following the distribution of these symbols, the entering graduate students will recite the pledge to uphold the values of integrity, professionalism, and scholarship in biomedical research.
Prompted by an article in Science magazine, a group of College of Medicine graduate students spent the better part of the academic year 2009-2010 developing an oath that reflects Penn State values. “We wanted to highlight the integrity and professionalism to which our graduate students aspire,” explained Rachel Lantry, 2009-10 president, Graduate Student Association (PhD Physiology, 2010). “It was important for us to ensure that our graduate students maintain a certain level of ideals, regardless of their background, degree, or graduate program.”
The College of Medicine Graduate Student Oath was featured in the Association of American Medical College’s monthly magazine Reporter. The Oath was revised to reflect all new programs at the College of Medicine in 2014.