Class of 2024 White Coat Ceremony

For the last quarter-century, the White Coat Ceremony has been a ritual at U.S. medical schools, one that officially welcomes students into the medical profession and emphasizes the responsibility they carry as they don the traditional physician’s white coat. This year, during the most serious worldwide health crisis in a century, the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine revised the ceremony, traditionally held with family and friends in attendance at UVM’s Ira Allen Chapel, using a format that underscores that responsibility. On October 2, 2020, medical students in the Class of 2024, along with a limited number of faculty, administrators and staff, gathered in person in small, physically-distanced groups to receive their first white doctors’ coats as family and friends joined in remotely via a livestream.