Athletic training and physical therapy students come together to share the lessons they learned from the cadavers dissected in an anatomy class. (UWM Photo/Mikaila Dusenberry)
Student Jessica Burke places a flower in a vase. The bouquet of different flowers signified the distinctive qualities of each person who donated their body. (UWM Photo/Mikaila Dusenberry)
Student Gabe Serafin shares a letter he wrote to the families of those who donated their bodies to show his and other students’ gratitude. (UWM Photo/Mikaila Dusenberry)
Instructors Hayley Ericksen (left) and Carlynn Alt applaud the students for putting together the ceremony. (UWM Photo/Mikaila Dusenberry)
Students and instructors assemble for a group photo to commemorate the event. (UWM Photo/Mikaila Dusenberry)
At the end of each class term, students and instructors of Gross Anatomical Kinesiology gather in a ceremony to show their gratitude and respect to the cadavers used in their class.
The cadavers were like silent mentors to the first year physical therapy and athletic training students, showing the students the structures of the human body.
The ceremony is a moving experience for the students and instructors. The students, who organized the ceremony, shared some of their most memorable lessons from the class and expressed their gratitude.