UCSF/SFSU DPT Commencement Ceremony 2022

DPT Class of 2022 

Event Details

Date: Friday, June 10, 2022


Robertson Auditorium, Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street, San Francisco


Doors Open: 5:00pm
Ceremony Begins: 5:30pm

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No balloons
No confetti, glitter, sand, or confetti-sized art materials allowed
No bubbles or bubble machines


Justin Hong, 2022 DPT Candidate

"Justin Hong was born in April 1985, at the age of 0. He was 4 weeks premature, which is a good thing because the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, and he might have died if he wasn’t born early.” So begins the author bio of a picture book Justin wrote in elementary school titled “Benny and the Pebble”, which explores profound themes including materialism, the dangers of racial profiling, and the importance of remembering where you leave your pebble.

Unlike many of his younger and more focused classmates, Justin had no idea what he wanted to do with his life after he graduated from UC Berkeley in 2007 with a BA in Economics. The following decade saw him working at a homeless shelter in East Oakland, restoring urban creeks in Contra Costa County while living at his church during a yearlong service internship, providing BLS transport services as an EMT, driving a tractor and feeding pigs on an organic farm in Alberta, and serving as an infantry officer in the US Army. In 2017, Justin returned home to CA and completed all his science prerequisites before finally applying to PT school and landing a coveted spot as part of the UCSF/SFSU DPT Class of 2022. Over the past three years, Justin has been honored to serve as Class Co-President for such an incredible group of intelligent, compassionate, and resilient Student Physical Therapists, and he is excited to see the transformative impact they have on the profession as they begin their careers.

Dr. Jean-Pierre (JP) Viel, PT, DPT

Dr. Jean-Pierre (J.P.) Viel, PT, DPT, arrived in San Francisco in 1972, as a recent graduate from physical therapy school in France. Licensed in California in 1975, he also received a Master’s of Science in Neurological Physical Therapy, Samuel Merritt College, Oakland (1997 - 2004) and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UCSF/SFSU in 2006.

Dr. Viel was hired at Eden Hospital Medical Center in Castro Valley, CA, in 1976, after a year of home care and skilled nursing work; promoted to Assistant Chief PT in 1978, and Clinical Director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation from 1981 to 1988.

He founded a PT clinic in Castro Valley in 1988, and practiced there until December 2018. Dr. Viel was a Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF/SFSU from September 2000 to November 2021, where he proctored practicals and reviewed/edited Evidence-Based papers & Case Reports.

Dr. Viel has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association since 1986; was member of the California PT Association Chapter Board, 1992 to 1995; House of Delegates, APTA, 1989 to 2002; and Advisory Panel on Practice, APTA Headquarters, Alexandria, VA, 2005 - 2008.

He is now retired. Married for 40 years, he is a father of 2, and grandfather of 3.