Doctor of Physical Therapy program graduates seventh class

After three years of hard work, determination, and an ever-increasing passion for helping people, the seventh graduating class of Doctor of Physical Therapy students will have their degree conferred upon them on Dec. 17 during the Campbell University Winter Commencement Ceremony. The cohort of 39 plowed through what seemed like insurmountable obstacles during their DPT studies and have emerged victorious with their diplomas in hands.

Prior to graduating, the class celebrated with family and friends on Friday, December 16 during a Convocation Ceremony in Hobson Performance Center, which can be watched by clicking the link, where they received their hoods and where honors were awarded.

Kimberly B. Ward, instructor of English with the College of Arts & Sciences, gave the convocation address. She left the students will three takeaways for life: 1. Sit at the feet of the masters and surround yourselves with encouragers 2. Take the good with the bad 3. Leave your baggage behind. Learn more about Ms. Ward in the program and hear her full address in the recording using the link above.

Congratulations to the 2022 Student Award recipients:

  • The Clinical Excellence Award: Jessica Beavers
  • The Leadership Award: Michael Hunt
  • The Research Award: Jordan Ray and Lisa Lashani
  • The Academic Excellence Award: Chandler Gee and Lyndsey Owens

The Clinical Excellence Award
Purpose: To recognize a graduating DPT student who has demonstrated significant improvement or consistent qualities of clinical excellence through professionalism, clinical skills, and commitment to promoting the physical therapy profession. Criteria for selection includes successful integration of didactic knowledge into clinical practice, feedback from clinical instructors related to outstanding professional behaviors, commitment to the mission of the DPT Program through rural-based clinical activities, interprofessional activities, compassionate patientcentered care, and demonstrated clinical performance to elevate the practice of physical therapy including use of EBM and advocacy such as participation in the Pro Bono Clinic or Farm Worker’s Clinic.

The Leadership Award
Purpose: To recognize a graduating DPT student who demonstrates exemplary leadership qualities. This person performs established and innovative methods in the delivery of patient care, initiates involvement in community service, charities and events, and develops relationships in professional organizations locally and nationally.

The Research Award
Purpose: To recognize DPT students who diligently served to create an evidence‐based body of knowledge to advance practice and education. It is meant to recognize and honor students who, in collaboration with faculty and their research teams, demonstrated outstanding research service beyond the academic requirements of the program. This award is meant to honor students who dedicated time, effort, and energy to learn, grow and ultimately maximize the integrity of physical therapy service delivery through the production of knowledge.

The Academic Excellence Award
Purpose: To recognize a graduating DPT student for outstanding academic achievement in coursework completed during the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. This graduating student has also shown a commitment to lifelong learning and to fostering learning in others.