White Coat Ceremony
Class of 2022

Friday, October 5
1:00 PM ~ Ira Allen Chapel
Reception to follow in the UVM Dudley H. Davis Center Grand Maple Ballroom

What is a White Coat Ceremony?

Initiated on August 20, 1993 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.

The Program

On Friday, October 5, the White Coat Ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm at the Ira Allen Chapel. The program duration is approximately an hour, and includes greetings by leaders from the UVM Larner College of Medicine and the UVM Medical Center; a keynote address by Anne Dougherty, M.D., a UVM assistant professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and the 2018 UVM faculty recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award; the white coat cloaking; and the recitation of the LCOM-adopted modern Hippocratic Oath.

A reception will follow in the Grand Maple Ballroom at the UVM Dudley H. Davis Center for all students and their guests.

Information for Students


Members of the Class of 2022 must arrive to assemble in Billings Ira Allen Lecture Hall on the lower level of the Ira Allen Chapel no later than 11:45 am.

Student Lineup and Procession

The student lineup will begin promptly at 12:45 pm and the procession will begin immediately at 1:00 pm. Student cooperation during this process is greatly appreciated.

Staff and student ambassadors will guide students into alphabetical order for the procession into Ira Allen Chapel and their seating on the main floor.

What to bring/not bring

Students should not bring backpacks, laptops or other valuables with them. While we will have a location for students to leave coats, purses, and other belongings during the ceremony, this is not an event where students want to carry their belongings with them.

Note, you will not receive your white coat before the ceremony. You will be cloaked with your white coat during the ceremony.

What to wear

Please dress in professional/interview attire. Whatever you choose should be comfortable and easy to manage when your coat is put on during the ceremony.

Recommendations include a shirt and tie with nice pants, a skirt and top, or a dress.Students should avoid wearing thick sweaters or anything that would constrict them from raising their arms to put on the white coat.

Students should avoid wearing high-heeled shoes as there are narrow, steep stairs on the way up to the stage. The stage is about four feet above the floor and students should take this into account when choosing footwear and skirt/dress/pant length. 

How do I get cloaked with my white coat?

During the Ceremony, students will be called on stage by name to be cloaked with their white coats by Dean Richard L. Page, M.D., Christa Zehle, M.D., or Tania Bertsch, M.D.

It seems like a silly question, but getting cloaked properly with your white coat can be challenging. Watch this video to see how to stand and move your arms appropriately to help the cloaking go more smoothly.

Information for Guests


No tickets are required for the event.


Guests should go directly to the Ira Allen Chapel Main Entrance.

Doors will not open until 12:15 pm.

Where to Stay & Accommodations

Out of town guests should plan on securing accommodations as soon as possible. UVM Parent & Family Weekend is October 5 - 7, 2018 so area hotels, bed and breakfasts, etc. will fill up quickly.

For information about area hotels and other accommodations including online group codes and discounted rates, please visit the UVM Parent & Family Weekend Accommodations webpage here. 

Video & Photography

The event will be live-streamed for family and friends who are unable to attend. 1-week prior to the Ceremony, the link to the live-stream will be posted in the sidebar of this webpage and on the homepage of med.uvm.edu.

A professional photographer will take photos of the event and a photo gallery from the event will be available within a few days following the Ceremony on the med.uvm.edu homepage.

Parking & Shuttle Service


Please note: Parking will be extremely limited and carpools, shuttles from hotels, etc. are highly recommended.

All guests of Larner College of Medicine Class of 2022 students should park in the Gutterson Parking Lot (any level) seen on the campus parking map here. UVM Transportation & Parking Services staff will be on hand to direct guests to additional parking if none remain at Gutterson.

If you are attending the Mindfulness Breakfast in the morning, you should plan on leaving your car where you've parked it at Gutterson Parking Lot for the remainder of the day as parking will become more limited as the day progresses.


For the Mindfulness Breakfast, there are three regularly scheduled campus shuttles that run from Gutterson Parking Lot to Davis Center (with a few stops in between) at 10 minute intervals. Please click here to see where the bus stop at Gutterson is. Please click here to see where the bus stop at Davis Center is.

For the Ceremony, guests who park at Gutterson Parking Lot (strongly recommended) can either walk to Ira Allen Chapel or ride one of four shuttle buses. Please see walking instructions below.

For those who would like to take a shuttle bus - there are three regularly scheduled shuttles that run at 10 minute intervals from Gutterson Parking Lot (Patrick-Forbush-Gutterson Complex) to different locations on campus. You can track the progress of each shuttle here.

After parking your car, please make your way to the front of the Patrick-Forbush Athletic Complex where the bus stop is (see here). We will have a volunteer waiting at the bus stop to greet guests and a volunteer riding each shuttle to instruct you when to get off. We will also have a shuttle bus running directly between Gutterson Parking Lot to Ira Allen Chapel.

At the end of the Ceremony we will have a shuttle for guests who would like a ride from Ira Allen Chapel to the reception in Davis Center and from Davis Center back to their cars in Gutterson Parking Lot.


For guests who decide to walk from their cars the ceremony, from the ceremony to the reception, and from the reception back to their cars, we will be posting three walking maps below shortly.

There will also be signs up along the paths to point you in the right direction.

Special Assistance & Handicap Parking

Ira Allen Chapel is fully accessible to persons using wheel chairs.

Handicapped parking is available behind Ira Allen Chapel upon request. Please email madison.wood@med.uvm.edu no later than Friday, September 14, 2018 if you need a handicap parking permit.

Staff will be available to assist with the elevator and seating in the Chapel.

ASL/CART Services

The UVM Larner College of Medicine will provide CART services and two ASL interpreters for the Ceremony. Please email madison.wood@med.uvm.edu if you would like to have a seat reserved close to the ASL interpreters.


View a Google map showing the location of Ira Allen Chapel and the Dudley Davis Center, plus the Larner College of Medicine, Medical Student Education Building and main campus. View the interactive UVM Campus map

White Coat Ceremony Class of 2021


  • 8:00 - 10:00 AM | Breakfast & "The Science of Mindful Wellness for Medical Students and their Parents," with Professor James Hudziak, M.D., Grand Maple Ballroom, Class of 2022 students and their families and guests are welcome
  • 11:45 AM | White Coat Student Arrival at Billings, Billings Ira Allen Lecture Hall, Lower Level of Ira Allen Chapel
  • 12:15 PM | Ira Allen Doors Open, Ira Allen Chapel, no tickets required, seating is first-come, first-serve
  • 12:45 PM | White Coat Student Line-Up, Billings Ira Allen Lecture Hall, Lower Level of Ira Allen Chapel
  • 1:00 PM | White Coat Ceremony, Ira Allen Chapel
  • Immediately after ceremony | Reception immediately following the Ceremony, UVM Davis Center Grand Maple Ballroom, Class of 2022 students and their families and guests are welcome

Want a sneak peek of what to expect?


Contact Madi Wood, Larner College of Medicine PR & Events Coordinator, at madison.wood@med.uvm.edu or 802-656-1330