Celebrating Future Physicians with a Parade | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
TTUHSC students walking through Lubbock campus courtyard.
 som scrub party parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and Rose Parade are classic American traditions with floats and bands. With increasing health risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine and Alumni Relations hosted a welcome parade Friday (July 31) for first-year medical students – replacing the traditional parade fanfare with stethoscopes, white coats and scrubs.

More than 160 medical students took part in the School of Medicine Welcome Parade. Steven L. Berk, M.D., TTUHSC executive vice president and dean of the School of Medicine, said while the pandemic changed the yearly White Coat Ceremony and events provided for first-year medical students, the school wanted to welcome the students in some way.






  • Scrub party gift packet
  • Gift packets all bagged up and ready to deliver
  • Cindy Hu car
  • Cindy Hu receiving packet
  • Side shot of Cindy Hu receiving packet
  • Line of cars for parade following the golf cart lead
  • Dean Berk talking to student in car
  • Speaking to a participant in their car
  • Watching another participant receiving packet
  • TTUHSC receiving tent
  • Recipient receiving packet from volunteer
  • Getting gift bags ready to distribute
  • Crossing guard directing traffic
  • Dr. Berk speaking with recipients
  • Volunteer directing traffic
  • Crossing guard getting drivers attention
  • Passenger holding laptop inside car
  • White Ford in party parade
  • 2 cars waiting following the golf lead
  • Volunteers congratulating recipient
  • Dodge Ram recipient with red bows
  • Carina Vasquez recipient
  • Volunteer looking for files
  • 3 more cars in the parade
  • Parade car covered in decorations
  • Recipient filing cabinet
  • Cars waiting in line in the parade
  • Volunteer asking cars to stop
  • Guns up from volunteers
  • Akhila Reddy recipient
  • Cheering the recipients
  • Jonathan Jarman recipient