Celebrations and Ceremonies  

Student Survival Manual


PreCOM is generally scheduled on two Saturdays in the spring for accepted students and their families. Incoming students are invited to their campus location for the purposes of getting to know their future classmates and to take care of pre-matriculation issues such as housing, finding roommate, financial aid and white coat fittings. PreCOM offers parents, spouses and significant others support and advice regarding their loved ones’ new role as a student doctor. Students are also given information on anatomy immersion, an additional  curricular overview, the Convocation program, criminal background checks, immunizations, titers and basic life support training.

For more information, please contact  Jill Harman at 740.593.4313.

Convocation and White Coat

The Convocation/White Coat Ceremony is held approximately two weeks after Orientation each year to introduce the Heritage College entering class. As part of the Convocation Ceremony the students recite the Osteopathic Pledge of Commitment and the college also presents the Phillips Medal of Public Service in recognition of the men and women involved in health care, education and public service. A white coat, provided by the Ohio Osteopathic Association, is presented to each entering Heritage College student at the ceremony.

For more information, please contact Jill Harman at 740.593.4313.


Commencement is held in May following completion of all requirements for the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Family and friends join the Deans, administrators and faculty at the ceremony. The ceremony is held at the Convocation Center on the Ohio University main campus. The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree is awarded and the program ends with the class recitation of the Osteopathic Oath. An Awards Ceremony takes place on the Friday before commencement where academic awards are presented in recognition of the student outstanding achievements.

More information concerning participation requirements can be found in Chapter 5.

For more information, please contact Heather Binnig

Distinguished Osteopathic Commitment Awards

The Distinguished Osteopathic Commitment Awards (DOC Awards) Banquet is an annual event dedicated to recognizing outstanding leaders amongst the Heritage College's students, faculty and staff.  This event is put on by the Student Government Association on behalf of the student body. Nominations for awards can be submitted by all students. Nomination forms are sent to students via e-mail.

For more information, please contact Heather Binnig.

Student Clinician Reception

The Student Clinician Ceremony is held in the Fall of Year II to mark the transition from the preclinical to the clinical years. This program is limited to students, staff and faculty and attendance is required. Additionally, students recommit to the Osteopathic Oath.

For more information, please contact the Director of Clinical Education.