WCUI 2021 Graduation

WCUI School of Medical Imaging’s 2021 graduation is almost here! Each of our three campuses will be hosting its own graduation to celebrate our 2021 ultrasound and MRI grads – scroll down to find your campus graduation details. We are so excited to welcome our graduates for a special ceremony to celebrate their success as they move on in their careers. 

We will continue to update this page with the latest information about the graduations at each campus. Please continue to check this page frequently for updates or reach out to your Student Services team.

WCUI will be holding a joint ceremony with our sister school, Smith Chason School of Nursing to celebrate our vocational nursing and practical nursing graduates! For information about the ceremony and Smith Chason’s nursing programs please visit: smithchason.com/blog/smith-chason-2021-graduation/

WCUI LOS ANGELES 2021 GRADUATION

Our WCUI Los Angeles campus is inviting all Fall 2020 – Summer 2021 eligible graduates to celebrate their success at an intimate ceremony in Downtown Los Angeles. 

  • WHEN: Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m
  • WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center 
  • CEREMONY ADDRESS: 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015 – Petree Hall 
  • RSVP BEFORE SEPT 15TH TO GUARANTEE YOUR ADMITTANCE TO GRADUATION: Email Elizabeth Tapia at yoli@wcui.edu
  • WCUI VIRTUAL YEARBOOK: WCUI will be sharing a Virtual Yearbook video with all graduates so you can relive your memories for years to come! Emailing your photos to: marketing@wcui.edu by October 8th. All photos will be used in a personal Los Angeles Graduation slideshow and shared on our WCUI social media outlets and website to celebrate your journey with you and your family!
  • TAG US + CELEBRATE YOUR GRADUATION DAY SOCIAL MEDIA: You can also share your photos with us on social media by tagging @westcoastui on Instagram and Facebook use the hashtag #WCUIgrad

LA GRADUATION FAQ +

Will Covid-19 Vaccination Be Required?

We will not be verifying the COVID vaccination status of graduates and guests prior to entering the Convention Center. Therefore, all graduates and guests will be required to wear a mask indoors and maintain social distance. Temperature checks will be administered upon entry. This is a fluid situation and may change prior to October 16, 2021. If it changes, we will notify everyone as graduation approaches .

To ensure your safety and the safety of others, if you fall ill or begin showing any COVID-19 related symptoms before graduation, please do not attend the graduation ceremony.

How Many Guests Can I Bring?

For the safety of all present, we will be practicing social distancing and limiting capacity. Each graduate will receive only two (2) guest tickets which will be given to the graduate during the check-in process at the Convention Center. No additional guests will be permitted to attend the ceremony.

Where Do I Park?

Park in the West Hall Parking Garage. Parking is typically $15-$20 per vehicle. Other city and street parking is available. Proceed to the West Hall lobby, continue upstairs to the check-in tables.

How Do I Order My Cap and Gown?

A WCUI Cap and Gown are required for participation in the ceremony. Please order your cap and gown ASAP to make sure it arrives in time for the ceremony. Please order here: https://www.achievers-grad.com/wcuila

What Should I Wear?

Your WCUI Cap and Gown is white. Business attire is suggested. Women may wear slacks or a skirt and a blouse, or a dress underneath the gown. Gentlemen may wear slacks and a dress shirt.

What Time Should I Arrive?

The ceremony begins promptly at 5:00 pm. However, graduates need to arrive by 3:30 pm. The graduation ceremony will last approximately two hours.

What about Photographs?

A professional portrait photographer will be available. You are also welcomed to bring your own camera!

Will I receive my Diploma/Degree?

No, the graduation is for ceremonial purposes only. Your diploma/degree is issued by the Registrar when all requirements have been met including a zero-account balance.

 

WCUI ONTARIO 2021 GRADUATION

Our WCUI Ontario campus is inviting all Winter 2021 – Fall 2021 eligible graduates to celebrate their success at an intimate ceremony at Chaffey High School.

  • WHEN: Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 1:00 p.m
  • WHERE: The Gardener Auditorium at Chaffey High School
  • CEREMONY ADDRESS: 1245 North Euclid Ave., Ontario, CA 91762
  • WCUI VIRTUAL YEARBOOK: WCUI will be sharing a Virtual Yearbook video with all graduates so you can relive your memories for years to come! Emailing your photos to: marketing@wcui.edu by October 15th. All photos will be used in a personal Ontario Graduation slideshow and shared on our WCUI social media outlets and website to celebrate your journey with you and your family!
  • TAG US + CELEBRATE YOUR GRADUATION DAY SOCIAL MEDIA: You can also share your photos with us on social media by tagging @westcoastui on Instagram and Facebook use the hashtag #WCUIgrad
  • Connect with ot.studentservices@wcui.edu for more information and how to RSVP!

ONTARIO GRADUATION FAQ +

Will Covid-19 Vaccination Be Required?

We will not be verifying the COVID vaccination status of graduates and guests prior to entering the Auditorium. Therefore, all graduates and guests will be required to wear a mask indoors. This is a fluid situation and may change prior to October 30, 2021. If it changes, we will notify everyone as graduation approaches. 

To ensure your safety and the safety of others, if you fall ill or begin showing any COVID-19 related symptoms before graduation, please do not attend the graduation ceremony.

How Many Guests Can I Bring?

For the safety of all present, we will be practicing social distancing and limiting capacity. Graduates will be able to bring a maximum of 2 guests. NO EXCEPTIONS.No additional guests will be permitted to attend the ceremony.

How Do I Order My Cap and Gown?

A WCUI Cap and Gown are required for participation in the ceremony. Please order your cap and gown ASAP to make sure it arrives in time for the ceremony. Please order here: achievers-grad.com/wcuiont 

What Should I Wear?

Your WCUI Cap and Gown is white. Business attire is suggested. Women may wear slacks or a skirt and a blouse, or a dress underneath the gown. Gentlemen may wear slacks and a dress shirt.

What Time Should I Arrive?

To be announced

What about Photographs?

A professional portrait photographer will be available. You are also welcomed to bring your own camera!

Will I receive my Diploma/Degree?

No, the graduation is for ceremonial purposes only. Your diploma/degree is issued by the Registrar when all requirements have been met including a zero-account balance.

 

WCUI PHOENIX 2021 GRADUATION

Our WCUI Phoenix campus is inviting all Winter 2021 – Fall 2021 eligible graduates to celebrate their success at an intimate ceremony on Saturday, November 6th! A Save the Date and invite will be available soon! Check back later for details

This month, WCUI is celebrating 5 years of a wonderful partnership with Peoria MET Academy! Five years ago, Peoria MET brought their first class of medical students to WCUI’s original WCUI Phoenix campus to take a tour of our medical imaging labs. Since then, WCUI has hosted field trips for Peoria MET’s medical students to visit our campus. During the visits, students tour our labs and get a first-hand experience of what it takes to become a sonographer, MRI technologist, and nurse.

Our Partnership 

Throughout the years, WCUI has donated ultrasound machines to Peoria MET. The ultrasound machines allow their class of over 50 medical students a chance to learn the basics of ultrasound while completing their high school education. By receiving this hands-on experience, Peoria students are able to discover all aspects of the medical field including the exciting field of medical imaging!

During our five-year partnership, WCUI has provided student volunteers to help train Peoria’s students and sometimes their other faculty members on the donated ultrasound machines, sharing the amazing feat of seeing with sound.

In February 2021, WCUI donated four ultrasound machines to Peoria MET

New Donations & A Tour of the New Campus

In February 2021, we had the opportunity to donate four more ultrasound machines to continue to support Peoria MET programs. After a year of canceled field trips, Peoria MET’s Medical Strand Instructor, Kathy Kasney, and two MET students took a tour of the brand new Phoenix campus.

During their visit, Kathy and her students presented the WCUI Phoenix campus with a signed poster and student-made, machine etched tokens of appreciation featuring their logo and ours. A wonderful heartfelt gesture that symbolizes our collaboration with them over the years.

Kathy and her students were able to learn more about our new Practical Nursing program and meet with our Director of Practical Nursing Catherine Jagos. Catherine invited Kathy and her students to practice a few nursing skills in our brand new nursing simulation lab!

We are thrilled to continue this partnership with Peoria MET. Together we help their students gain knowledge and skills to pursue their goals of becoming our future healthcare professionals.

About Peoria MET

Peoria MET is a local Arizona Profesional Academy whose programs allow students to realize their strengths and passions by exploring potential science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) professions. The MET Professional Academy is designed to motivate students by treating them as working professionals. The programs prepare them for post-secondary education and careers in high-demand STEM fields. You can learn more about Peoria MET by visiting their website (www.peoriaunified.org/MET) and following them on Facebook (@PeoriaMET)and Instagram (@peoriaunifiedmet).

WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Nursing is thrilled to announce the promotion of Laurie Bentson, MHA, RDMS, RVT, to the newly created position of Clinical Lab Director for the Phoenix, Arizona campus. Many WCUI Phoenix sonography students will recognize Laurie as an instructor for a variety of ultrasound classes, such as Physics, Vascular, Abdomen, OB/GYN, and Medical Terminology.

“Since joining our team this past fall, Laurie has demonstrated a continuous and relentless interest in improving the student experience, by enriching their opportunities to hone their critical thinking skills in the labs and providing an outstanding education to the students,” WCUI Phoenix campus, Director of Education Maria Walters said.  “We feel very lucky to have her accept this position and look forward to collaborating in shaping the new future of WCUI education.”

Laurie Bentson’s, MHA, RDMS, RVT Experience

Laurie Bentson

Laurie grew her ultrasound experience while serving patients for 20 years at Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix campus. During her tenure, she managed the ultrasound team performing high-risk OB; supporting organ transplant services, vascular and cardiac surgeons, NICU, a stroke center, and a robust interventional radiology team to include ultrasound-guided procedures. Laurie furthered her education by obtaining her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and was promoted to Senior Manager, serving two additional major medical centers within Banner Health. In this role, she was responsible for staff development, quality outcomes, and operations for several different modalities to include Interventional Radiology, CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Breast Imaging as well as Ultrasound.  

Laurie Bentson has extensive experience in the educational field as a vascular sonography lab instructor for Gateway Community College.  There she also taught weekend seminars to prepare the students to take their RVT registry.

Congratulations Laurie!

As WCUI Phoenix’s newest Clinical Lab Director Laurie is eager to improve WCUI student’s learning experiences by continuing to restructure lab environments to mirror clinical spaces and maximize learning opportunities. Congratulations Laurie Bentson! We are excited to see how you will continue to improve WCUI and make your impact on each of our students.

For details about Laurie Bentsons’s experience and her new promotions as WCUI Phoenix Clinical Lab Director see the official WCUI press release here: Press Release Laurie Bentson Promoted to Phoenix Clinical Lab Director

In November 2019, the WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Nursing welcomed Jason Grabham, RDCS (PE, FE, AE), FASE as the Director of Externship at our Phoenix campus. Jason comes to WCUI with nearly 30 years of experience in the cardiovascular sonography field and a glowing list of accomplishments including, serving as Technical Director of the Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric & Congenital Heart Program, Clinical Reviewer for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, Manager of Integrated Non-Invasive Cardiology at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and well-known public speaker at formal lectures and national conference presentations.

“With his years of experience working with and knowledge of the medical imaging providers in Arizona, Jason will be able to connect WCUI students to facilities that best fit each student’s background and area of interest, while providing the highest level of service to the hospitals who affiliate with WCUI.” – Chief Operating Officer, Andrew High

Meet Jason Grabham, RDCS (PE, FE, AE), FASE

Jason Grabham has nearly 30 years of expertise in the field of cardiac sonography including experience as a clinical reviewer for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, national publications, formal lectures, and national conference presentations. He has spent the last year working on joining the Joint Pediatric Heart Care Program with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Kentucky Children’s Hospital, managing outreach operations, and serving as Technical Director of their Pediatric & Congenital Heart Program.   

WCUI is a proud partner of Jason’s former employer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix. According to Pediatric Cardiologist Ericka McLaughlin, DO, “Jason is a highly motivated, mission-driven individual who exhibits exceptional leadership skills such as integrity, commitment, passion, and decisiveness. He is a confident, enthusiastic leader with excellent communication and analytical skills. Jason has the ability to break down complex problems and barriers while effectively engaging others in order to facilitate innovative ideas and solutions.”

The Future of the WCUI Externship Department

As the WCUI Phoenix Externship Director, Jason will ensure students are assigned to six months of clinical work in the medical imaging field, after completing their required classroom and laboratory hours. Externship is an essential requirement of the medical imaging programs at WCUI, to provide students real-life experience in hospitals or clinics and test their knowledge and skills before graduation. Completion of externship hours along with classroom and lab hours in our bachelor’s and associates degree programs will provide our students eligibility for their registry exams after graduation.

For details about Jason Grabham’s experience and his new role as WCUI Phoenix Director of Externship see the official WCUI press release here: Press Release Jason Grabham Externship Director

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