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Over two dozen students receive their white coat at Milligan College ceremony

Jonathan Roberts • Sep 7, 2019 at 6:03 PM

Mitchell Pearce knows getting his white coat is just one step of a long journey, but he’s still going to enjoy the moment.

“I feel awesome,” he said. “My parents are coming over and my grandparents (also), so we’re going to cook out, maybe watch some football and probably take the night off from studying.”

Pearce wasn’t the only one enjoying the moment though, as Blake Medley is also planning to take a break from studying to enjoy his “great accomplishment.”

“I’m excited, it’s a great accomplishment,” Medley said. “A lot of hard work went into this, we’ve been working for this for four to six years, so it’s awesome that this day has finally come.”

Pearce and Medley were just two of the more than two dozen Milligan College Class of 2021 students to receive their white coats on Saturday, signifying the halfway point in their classroom education to become physician assistants.

“This is an important ceremony for our students,” said physician assistant program director Andrew Hull. “It’s a very proud moment for me, I love to see these students when they come in as they develop through the program.”

And, as excited as the students are to reach this point, they’re not going to let off the gas academically.

“Well, we’ve got a (Clinical Medicine) next week, so I’m going to study for that first, but after that, going to clinicals, it’ll be nice to represent the school wearing these fancy white coats,” Pearce said.

“We still have about two semesters left (before clinicals), so we’re going to continue studying and working hard,” said Medley, who hopes to work in his native Greenville. “Basically keep doing what we’re doing.”

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