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.

Planning Resources for Guests & Students

More detailed information will be available after August 20 in regards to:

  • 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

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. 

More information coming soon...

White Coat Ceremony Class of 2021

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