Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Friday about 80 students at the USC School of Medicine celebrated receiving their "White Coats," but the ceremony was very special for one father and son.
"It is pretty cool that he was in the first class," said Hampton Collins.
At the annual White Coat Ceremony at USC School of Medicine the speaker was Dr. Wade Collins, a graduate of the school's first class.
"It's been a lot of changes, a lot of things have improved," said Dr. Wade Collins.
The ceremony is an important part in a young doctors career, it's the moment that they move from the classroom into the busy halls of the hospital.
"You look forward to it, you spend a lot of time in the classroom but it is the first time that you feel that you actually have the opportunity to matter," said Collins.
Hampton Collins was one of the second year USC medical students who received their white coat. He says he wanted to become a doctor to give people the opportunity to live a normal life like he has.
"I just wanted to be able to do something about it, to help them participate in things that I can do that they couldn't," said Hampton.
Getting his white coat was an accomplishment. But having his father as the speaker for the event was something he will never forget.
"We are so similar, we sound the same, we look the same, we talk the same way and of course he takes after me."
"It is exciting to see him thrive and achieve this sort of level," said Wade.
For this father son duo, being doctors isn't about a paycheck or wearing a nice white coat... Its more about helping those in need.
"It is wonderful to see something like this happen for him, and it is just a change to experience being able to help people first hand," said Wade.