Rachel Biek, of Middletown, a doctor of physical therapy student at University of the Sciences in Pennsylvania, received a white coat at Annual Physical Therapy White Coat Ceremony on Sept. 8.

The White Coat Ceremony is an annual rite of passage for students entering the professional phase of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Biek continues on the path to receiving a doctor of physical therapy degree in May 2021. Donning their white coats, the more than 70 student-physical therapists recited the Oath of a Physical Therapist, a gesture to reinforce their commitment to working with patients compassionately and to enhancing their health and well-being.