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January 2013

13th Annual Junior White Coat Ceremony

Thursday, April 10, 2014

On Saturday January 12, the 13th Annual Junior White Coat Ceremony and Reception honored 130 students who completed a full year in the Saturday Science Academy II, a program that encourages K-12 South Los Angeles students to excel in math, science and technology and pursue careers in the health professions. Families gathered around as graduates received a white lab coat, a universal symbol of the medical profession.


“The White Coat Ceremony is a time to honor the successful path these students are on and inspire them to become health professionals,“ said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.  “It is a powerfully emotional, transformative, and affirming experience for the students, their families, and CDU staff.”

 The Saturday Science Academy II, sponsored by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science for over 20 years, is dedicated to providing minority youth exposure to the fields of math and science disciplines.  This rigorous academic program is designed to foster knowledge, self-esteem, discipline, positive study habits,confidence and the

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