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The T.H. Chan School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony

The Class of 2027 White Coat Ceremony will be held on Friday, September 8, 2023 at 2:00 pm. It will take place at the Hanover Theater in Worcester.

Details on tickets, parking, etc. will be sent to the participating students.

Unlike some academic events that encompass centuries of tradition, the White Coat Ceremony was initiated by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation on August 20, 1993, at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where Dr. Arnold Gold has been a teacher and pediatric neurologist for more than 40 years. A White Coat Ceremony or similar rite of passage now takes place at nearly all U.S. medical schools, as well as at osteopathic schools of medicine and schools in several other countries.

White Coat Ceremony

The event emphasizes the importance of both scientific excellence and compassionate care for the patient. The cloaking with the white coat—the mantle of the medical profession—is a hands-on experience that underscores the bonding process. The white coat is placed on each student’s shoulders by individuals who represent the value system of the school and the new profession the students are about to enter.

Students at White Coat Ceremony

At UMass Chan Medical School, incoming T. H. Chan School of Medicine students are presented with their white coats by the student’s Learning Community Mentor and an individual significant in the student’s personal and/or professional development, chosen by the student.

Students with Chancellor


Watch the livestream here.


Check Out The Highlights From last Year's White Coat Ceremony!


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Mark your calendars!

This year's ceremony will be:

Friday, September 8, 2023 at the Hanover Theater