NYITCOM at A-State to Hold Hooding Ceremony for Class of 2021

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University will celebrate its Class of 2021 with a hooding ceremony that will be held on May 27 at First National Bank Arena.

The ceremony will recognize 117 medical students who have completed their doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. Due to the pandemic, graduates will have a limited number of tickets for their families, and masking and social distancing will be strictly enforced. The event is not open to the public.

“We’re thrilled to be able to honor our Class of 2021 and celebrate their tremendous achievements,” said Shane Speights, DO, dean of NYITCOM at A-State. “Because we are still in a pandemic, we’re being very cautious in our approach, but we are very excited to have what will be our medical school’s first in-person hooding ceremony.”

The NYITCOM at A-State Class of 2021 arrived in Jonesboro in 2017 as the college’s second class after it opened its doors a year earlier. Last spring, NYITCOM at A-State held a virtual ceremony to honor its inaugural class.

NYITCOM Dean Nicole Wadsworth, DO, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, NYITCOM at A-State’s founding dean, are among the speakers that will address the newly-hooded physicians.