South Cobb Magnet Students Earn Their White Coats

South Cobb Magnet Students Celebrate Success

Students from the Academy of Research and Medical Sciences at South Cobb High School took part in their White Coat Ceremony on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.  The event was held to recognize student accomplishments and celebrate the great things their futures will bring.  This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Mehrdad E. Saadat, is a board-certified Optometrist practicing in Lithia Springs.  He is a graduate of South Cobb High School and had some great advice for the students.

The White Coat Ceremony is rooted in the custom of many of today’s medical programs and has become part of the culture of the Academy of Research and Medical Sciences at South Cobb High School. The “cloaking” of medical students in the traditional white lab coat marks the student’s transition from classroom to clinical preparation for the medical field. By their junior year, students at the SCHS Magnet Program have completed their foundational research courses and receive a custom, embroidered lab coat to signify their classroom accomplishments.

During the students’ senior year, they participate in a related internship program for the “practical” course of study. In addition to providing a real-world, medical environment for students, the internship requirement advances the SCHS Vision Statement: “Empowering students for leadership and service in a global society.”  Seniors are awarded a stethoscope to symbolize hope in the students’ futures, support of their dreams, and pride in their accomplishments. We look forward to all of their future success.


Sarah Kessel, Supervisor
K-12 Advanced Learning

Contributing Author: Andrew Kutscher, Consultant

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