WCU med school students welcomed at White Coat Ceremony

108 new medical school students at William Carey University participated in a traditional White Coat Ceremony Saturday.
108 new medical school students at William Carey University participated in a traditional White Coat Ceremony Saturday.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - William Carey University has officially welcomed a new class to its College of Osteopathic Medicine. Saturday afternoon, the university hosted it's annual White Coat Ceremony.

During that event, 108 new students, mostly from the Gulf South, received their white lab coats. They make up the fifth medical school class at WCU.

"The starting of school and welcoming the new class is almost as exciting as graduating a class and sending them out," said Dr. Tommy King, president of William Carey University.

"I'm very excited, a little anxiety and definitely anticipating the next four years of this journey," said Cole Richardson, a new medical school student from Hattiesburg.

Also during Saturday's ceremony, Terry Fokakis, a second year medical school student from Hattiesburg, received a scholarship from the Asbury Foundation.

"I feel blessed," said Fokakis. "I really came to medical school just wanting to pass and really, by the grace of God, I've been able to really excel," he said.

This year's class was selected from among 2,400 applicants.

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