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The School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony, previously scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2020, has been postponed. 

Details will be announced at a future time. 

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.


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.

At UMass Medical School, incoming 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.



Check back here the day of the event to access the link to a live webcast.


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


Click Here For The Full Live Stream Of The White Coat Ceremony!


Purchase White Coat Ceremony Photos


View and purchase photos from the 2019 White Coat Ceremony HERE!

White Coat Ceremony Invitation

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Mark your calendars!

This year's ceremony will be:

To Be Determined. 

2 pm, Campus Green

Reception following: Albert Sherman Center Patio