Celebrating Success: The First Accredited Occupational Therapy Cohort Graduates


Amidst the vibrant atmosphere of the XL Center in Hartford, a momentous celebration unfolded. It was May 12, a day etched with significance for the inaugural cohort of occupational therapy students from the University of Hartford. Decked out in caps and gowns, they were ready to mark their graduation—a culmination of years of hard work and dedication.

But this graduation held an extra layer of significance. As Monica, a member of the graduating class, put it, "I personally witnessed the hard work that went into earning accreditation by faculty, staff, and peers. With their amazing efforts, I’m proud to be part of the first cohort to graduate from the University of Hartford OT Master’s program with full accreditation and can now pursue the next steps to achieve my future career in occupational therapy."

And Fiona, another member of the cohort, echoed this sentiment: "I am incredibly honored to be a part of the first OT cohort at UHart. This program is extremely deserving of accreditation and I look forward to witnessing its continued growth and development of compassionate occupational therapists."

Their words encapsulated the sense of pride and accomplishment that permeated the air. This wasn't just a graduation—it was a celebration of a program's journey to accreditation, a testament to the dedication of faculty, staff, and students alike.

“As the founding Program Director, it was an honor to watch our student cross the stage at the 2024 graduate commencement ceremony. The faculty and I are so very proud of our first group of graduates and cannot wait to see what amazing things they do in our growing field of occupational therapy.”

Sarah M. Psillas, PhD, Founding Program Director and Assistant Professor Occupational Therapy Program

Throughout their time at UHart, these students had immersed themselves in the study of occupational therapy, embracing its principles of empowerment and compassion. From the cutting-edge facilities of the Hursey Center to the hands-on experience gained through fieldwork placements, they have honed their skills and are now prepared for the challenges that lay ahead.

As they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas, their faces beamed with smiles of triumph. They knew that they were not just graduates—they were pioneers, blazing a trail for future generations of occupational therapists to follow.

And as they stepped into the next chapter of their lives, they did so with a sense of excitement and anticipation. Armed with the knowledge and skills they were ready to embark on their journey as compassionate and competent occupational therapists. 

The graduation ceremony may have marked the end of their time at UHart, but it was just the beginning of a new adventure—one filled with endless possibilities and opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. And as they looked towards the future, they did so with gratitude for the support and guidance that had brought them to this momentous occasion.