University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Medical Student Education


White Coat Ceremony

Friday, October 23, 2015, 2:30 pm, Ira Allen Chapel
Reception to follow, Grand Maple Ballroom, UVM Dudley Davis Center

To the Class of 2019 from Dr. Zehle,

whitecoatEach year, UVM first year medical students are formally welcomed to the medical profession at the annual White Coat Ceremony. This rite of passage is designed to instill the values of professionalism, humanism, and compassionate patient care, as you gather with your classmates, faculty and staff supporters, family and friends at Ira Allen Chapel to receive your white coats and stand together to recite the UVM College of Medicine Oath.

On Friday, October 23, the White Coat Ceremony will begin at 2:30 pm at Ira Allen Chapel. The program lasts about an hour, and includes greetings by leaders from the medical school and medical center, a keynote speaker, the White Coat cloaking, and the recitation of the modern Hippocratic Oath adopted by the College of Medicine. A reception will follow at the Dudley Davis Center for all students and families.

The next day, Saturday, October 24, the College will host the annual Family Day Open House. We’ll begin with a breakfast with the deans, faculty and alumni at 8:30 am followed by several sessions and time for self-guided tours until noon. We hope you will take this opportunity to showcase the College to your families!

Below are your instructions for White Coat as well as more details about the two events for you to share with your families. Please let me or Carole Whitaker, Assistant Dean for Communications, know if you have any questions or if we can be of further assistance.

Christa Zehle, MD
Associate Dean for Students

White Coat Ceremony Information



Members of the class are asked to arrive and assemble at 1:45 pm in Cook Commons, located on the lower level of Billings Library Please do not bring backpacks, laptops or other valuables with you. While we will have a location to leave your coats, purses, and other belongings during the ceremony, this is not an event where you want to be carrying your belongings around with you.

Staff will guide you to line up in alphabetical order for the procession into Ira Allen Chapel, and seating on the main floor. The procession will start promptly, so your cooperation with this process is greatly appreciated by all.


Please dress in professional/interview attire with no blazer or jacket, and no jeans. Recommendations include a shirt and tie with nice pants, a skirt and top, or a dress. There are narrow, steep stairs on the way up to the stage and down the other side, and the stage is about four feet above the floor, so keep that in mind when choosing footwear and skirt length. Avoid thick sweaters or anything that would constrict you from raising your arms to put on the white coat. Whatever you choose should be comfortable and easy to manage when your coat is put on during the ceremony.


No tickets are required for the event. Guests should go directly to the Ira Allen Chapel main entrance. Doors to the Chapel will open at 1:45 PM.

Video and Photography

The event will be live streamed for viewing by family and friends who are unable to attend. See the links in the sidebar above, or visit the College of Medicine home page for the link to share. A photo gallery from the event will be available within a few days after the Ceremony; check the College of Medicine home page for the link. We encourage you to share your photos and stories using #uvmmedicine!


Students and guests are invited to the reception immediately following the Ceremony, at the Grand Maple Ballroom in the UVM Dudley Davis Center. This is a social event with no formal program, providing an opportunity for students and families to meet and mingle.

Parking and Shuttle Service

Guest Parking on campus is limited, with most lots requiring permits. Click to view a campus parking map of the Guest Parking lots, including location of the UVM Medical Center garage. In addition the Jeffords and Gutterson Lots on the medical campus will be open for White Coat Ceremony parking on Friday afternoon only. If your family chooses to park in those lots, please print out the White Coat Ceremony parking permit and have them place it on the car dashboard to prevent being ticketed.

Ira Allen Chapel and the Dudley Davis Center are a short walk, and a White Coat Ceremony Shuttle service will run between Gutterson, the Jeffords lot, the front of Ira Allen Chapel, and the front of Dudley Davis Center from 1:30 pm until 5:30 pm. Look for signage at each location.

Click on the map below for a larger view.


Special Assistance

Ira Allen Chapel is fully accessible to persons using wheel chairs. Handicapped parking is available behind Ira Allen Chapel, and the shuttle bus is also wheelchair accessible and will drop guests off at the front of the chapel where there is a ramp leading up to the main doors. Please contact Carole Whitaker if you need a handicapped permit for Ira Allen Chapel. Staff will be on hand to assist with the elevator and seating in the Chapel.


Click to view a Google map showing the location of Ira Allen Chapel and the Dudley Davis Center, plus the College of Medicine, Medical Student Education Building and main campus. Click to view the interactive UVM Campus map.

Last modified October 22 2015 03:58 PM