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White Coat Ceremonies

White Coat Convocation

The White Coat Convocation is a symbolic rite of passage for students of the healing arts that signifies a professional relationship with other colleagues who provide health care services. This ceremony reaffirms the medical community’s support of the educational process that prepares future health providers for practice. On this day, students pledge their commitment to their profession and the health of the patients they serve. Contributing to the care and healing of others is a privilege and a responsibility. The white coat they wear  is more than a familiar lab coat: it is a cloak of caring, compassion, and service.

Attire

Business casual attire is expected of all participants.

  • Neatly pressed dress pants (e.g., slacks, chinos, suit trousers)
  • Long-sleeved, button-down shirt (ties are encouraged)
  • Dresses or skirts that are knee-length or longer, to extend at least past the white coat
  • Dressy shoes with a comfortable heel

White Coat Sponsorship Program

Alumni of the College are encouraged to serve as White Coat sponsors to show their commitment to the profession and support for the next generation.

Besides the coat, students will receive a note from their sponsor on the day of the Convocation. The College expects all students to acknowledge their sponsor’s generosity by sending a thank you card within one month after the ceremony.