There were tears of joy and cheers of jubilation as hundreds of students received their diplomas at St. Kate’s December Commencement.
A few days earlier, in Richmond, Virginia, 14 students successfully completed the University’s online Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program — the first of its kind in the nation. St. Kate’s launched the program in fall 2014, in partnership with Genesis Rehab Services, a nationwide provider of comprehensive therapy services for older adults. To earn their degrees, students completed about 80 percent of their coursework online and attended labs every three weeks to achieve 700 hours of fieldwork.
While OTA online is currently only available to students in Virginia, St. Kate’s plans to expand it to other states, starting with California this fall.
Earlier this month, 18 Master of Business Administration (MBA) candidates received their degrees as part of the University’s first-ever graduating class in this field of study. Among the graduates were several professionals from Xcel Energy, Target and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
The St. Kate’s MBA, established in spring 2014, offers concentrations in management, healthcare and integrated marketing and communications (IMC). The IMC,
which focuses on digital marketing and electronic communications, is the first of its kind in the nation.
Read more about the MBA Degree Completion Ceremony on February 4.
Read more about the OTA graduation ceremony on December 19.
Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy graduates, Class of 2015. Photo: Rebecca Zenefski, by Rebecca Studios