(CNN)Nathaniel Moore, a recent graduate of an MBA at the University of Vermont, is among thousands who participated in a virtual ceremony this year due to Covid-19.
Rather than letting his graduation gown go to waste, Moore, who is a physician assistant, decided to repurpose it as personal protective equipment for frontline health care workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
That decision inspired the 30-year-old to launch Gowns 4 Good, an initiative that gathers and repurposes graduation gowns as PPE.
"The gowns definitely signify a monumental time in their (graduates) lives," Moore told CNN, "but what good is your gown doing hanging in your in the closet for years collecting dust when it could be having an immediate impact in someone else's life?"
In just over a month, Moore has collected over 10,000 gowns.
An idea born out of necessity
Around the world, hospitals and medical centers are struggling with a shortage of PPE as they deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
The supply shortfall is something that Moore has seen firsthand in his role as a physician assistant in the emergency room at the University of Vermont Medical Center.