Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Grand Opening

September 1, 2014 • Category: Gallery, General News, Public Appearances 2

On Sunday, August 31st, Aaron Tveit was in his hometown of Middletown, NY to help with the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine grand opening ceremony. His duty was to act as keynote speaker for the event, in which he used his passionate experience to talk to inaugural medical students receiving their white coat.

Speaking to TWC News at the event, Aaron stated: “I see how my work affects people in a positive way and I think that’s what [medical students] are going to be doing on a daily basis. So I thought that’s how it tied together; the passion you do for a living can help other people.”

“I was lucky enough to follow my dreams and into my profession, and a lot of these doctors are probably doing that,” said Tveit.

The opening ceremony was held for the opening of Touro College’s osteopathic medicine wing, which was previously Horton Hospital — where Aaron was born. Middletown mayor Joe DeStefano said using Aaron as a speaker and representative at the event “couldn’t be a better fit” and that it was important to acknowledge successful natives of the town.

Following the opening and white coat ceremonies, Aaron hit the streets in front of the Paramount Theater. There, he received quite an honor: a street devoted entirely to him. Called “Aaron Tveit Way,” the new name replaces the South Street portion in front of the Paramount. Because Aaron had performed at the theater as a teenager, his honorary street name’s location seems even more appropriate.

Mayor DeStefano joined Aaron – and the Tveit family – to unveil the sign amidst flashing cameras along with throngs of fans and friends (including Aaron’s former music teacher, Greg Bennett) lining the barricade in support. Photos from the event can be seen in the gallery.

“Never in a million years would I have expected something like this,” Aaron said at the street sign unveiling. “It’s pretty great.”

2 Responses to “Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Grand Opening”

  1. What a great event to honor a “favorite son” and a wonderful young man. I am especially thankful to the person who provided the video on aarontveitnet.tumblr, which showed the genuine love and admiration of his friends, neighbors and former teachers, and showed some wonderfully sweet moments between Aaron, his mom, dad, brother and other relatives. What a great day for Aaron, and so thankful that he allowed these pictures and videos to be shared with us.

  2. Wow, I’m so impressed. I went to med school at Touro University (at their California Campus) and had my white coat ceremony in 2009. Sure wish you were our keynote speaker! I’m now an HIV doc at USC. Love your CD, iTunes apparently tells me it’s my most played album.

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