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Celebrations and Ceremonies

Convocation and White Coat

The Convocation/White Coat Ceremony is held during 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 Sarah Lawrence at 740.593.2164.

Distinguished Osteopathic Commitment Awards

The Distinguished Osteopathic Commitment Awards (DOC Awards) is an annual event dedicated to recognizing outstanding leaders amongst the Heritage College's students. 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 Sarah Lawrence 740.593.2164.