The 2019 Graduate Division Doctor of Physical Therapy Commencement Ceremony will take place on Monday, June 10, at 5:30 p.m. in Robertson Auditorium in the William J. Rutter Center at UCSF Mission Bay! We look forward to celebrating this major milestone with our physical therapy candidates, their families and friends, and the joint UCSF/SFSU physical therapy faculty and staff, who also take great pride in our students' accomplishments.
The commencement address will be delivered by Kimberly S. Topp, PT, PhD, FAAA. Dr. Topp is professor and chair emeritus of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. During her tenure as chair, she oversaw the development of the entry-level DPT program and spearheaded the creation of the PhD in Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Topp began her UCSF career as a postdoctoral fellow, and joined the faculty in 1993. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her contributions to research and education. She is a fellow and past president of the American Association of Anatomists and a founding member on the Benchmarks for Excellence Task Force of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy. Dr. Topp has devoted her career to educating and training future health care professionals and scientists. In addition to teaching countless students over the last 25 years, she has served as research adviser to more than 75 physical therapy students, mentored junior faculty and early career scientists, and advocated tirelessly for equity, diversity and inclusion.
This year’s student speaker will be Vincent Castoro, BS, DPT candidate. Vince’s classmates warmly chose him as their speaker for the UCSF/SFSU DPT 2019 Commencement Ceremony.
Vince's heartfelt enthusiasm for education, movement science, and service to others led him to earn his BS degree in Kinesiology from SFSU in 2014, and then to join the UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy in 2016. His compassion and commitment to social responsibility have fueled his desire to improve the health and well-being of all of the communities he serves. Vince started the "Walk, Talk, & Clean the Block" neighborhood walking group to help build community through shared interests in cleaning up the local environment and promoting physical health. Vince's experience with sports, working with children with cerebral palsy, and providing physical therapy in a clinical setting as a student have given him the opportunity to work with patients of all ages and in diverse communities. He was awarded the Keller Family Scholarship this year in recognition of his passion for a career in physical therapy, success in clinical rotations, and exceptional bedside manner. Vince's dedication to life-long learning and to his work will make him an exceptional clinician and a standout member of the physical therapy profession.
DPT students who are due to graduate this year will receive a formal invitation via email from the Graduate Division in March.