The College of Optometry celebrated its 13th Annual White Coat Ceremony this past Saturday, May 17th. The event is held every year to mark the event at which first year students receive their official white clinic coats in preparation for seeing patients. This year’s ceremony had the highest attendance to date, with 500 attendees. The ceremony was held in the Performance Hall at the Ohio Union with the incoming Dean, Dr. Karla Zadnik, presiding as emcee. The honorees were presented with some advice from several notable speakers at the ceremony. Speakers included: Dr. Robert Newcomb, Professor Emeritus; Dr. Roger Saneholtz, President of Optometry Alumni and Friends, and Dr. Terri Gossard, President-Elect of the Ohio Optometric Association. After their respective remarks, the honorees were presented with their coats by Drs. Don Mutti and Heather Chandler. Several of the students were “coated” by their own family members who are optometrists, adding to the celebration. Another highlight of the ceremony was a performance by Buck That!
, The Ohio State University’s first contemporary all-male a capella group. At the start of the program, they performed Buckeye Melody
. They finished the program fittingly by leading everyone in the singing of Carmen Ohio
. After the ceremony formally concluded, a reception followed providing ample picture opportunities for family and friends. The White Coat Ceremony was generously sponsored by Dr. Robert Newcomb, Optometry Alumni and Friends, the Ohio Optometric Association, and Vision Service Plan.