White Coat Ceremony 

for the Class of 2023

Friday, October 4, 2019
1:00 PM
Ira Allen Chapel, University of Vermont
Reception to follow in the UVM Dudley H. Davis Center Grand Maple Ballroom

What is a White Coat Ceremony?

Initiated on August 20, at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, this annual ceremony or a similar rite now takes place for first-year medical students at about 90 percent of schools of medicine and osteopathy in the United States, and is supported by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation

According to the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the White Coat Ceremony helps establish a psychological contract for the practice of medicine.

Physicians dressed in black until the late 19th century, due to the association of black attire as formal. Physicians adopted the white coat as a symbol of purity at the beginning of the 20th century.

Planning Resources for Guests & Students

More detailed information will be available in Summer 2019

  • Parking, shuttle buses, and transportation
  • Accessibility requests for ASL interpreters, closed captioning, limited mobility ceremony accommodations including seating and parking, etc.
  • Full schedule of events

Where to Stay & Accommodations

Please be aware: Out of town guests should be aware that the White Coat Ceremony for the Larner College of Medicine will be occurring at the start of an extremely busy weekend for the UVM community. As such, area hotels, bed and breakfasts, AirBnBs, etc. will fill up quickly. We strongly encourage you to book accommodations as soon as possible.

Please visit http://www.med.uvm.edu/alumni/reunion for hotel block codes.

White Coat Ceremony Class '22_14

Photos & Video from the Day

White Coat Photo Gallery

White Coat Video on YouTube


Contact Madi Wood, UVM Larner College of Medicine PR & Events Coordinator, at madison.wood@med.uvm.edu or 802-656-6352.