White Coat Ceremony

Congratulations, Class of 2022!

Congratulations to students in the UVM Larner College of Medicine Class of 2022 who received their white coats on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm in the University of Vermont's Ira Allen Chapel.


Planning for White Coat 2019

Date TBD

Please stay tuned for the date and time of the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2023.

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.

Information for Guests

After a date is chosen for the 2019 White Coat Ceremony we will post comprehensive information including arrival times, where to stay/accommodations, a livestream link, parking and transportation, special assistance and handicap parking, ASL/CART services, and directions to the UVM campus.


White Coat Ceremony Class '22_14

Photos from the Day

White Coat Photo Gallery


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