White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony
Eighty members of the Class of 2017 were welcomed to Columbia and the dental profession at the White Coat Ceremony on August 12th.  Donning the White Coat is symbolic of entry into the health profession, and the sensitivity to aseptic conditions. The White Coat also implies a special knowledge, attained at great personal cost in time, study and resources. The White Coat is seen as an affirmation of life, as opposed to the black of 1800’s physicians’ waistcoats who often attended the “deathbed.” The White Coat also conveys the contract between patient and doctor, often reduced to written “permissions” today, granting the caregiver the privilege to touch the patient, as part of providing care.


Class of 2018 White Coat Ceremony (subject to change)

This year's White Coat Ceremony will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014 from 1:30-3:30pm in the Alumni Auditorium.

A luncheon for students, families, and faculty will be provided right before the ceremony begins.  Inivitations will be sent out in the summer with additional information.

We encourage students to invite close family and guests, keeping in mind that Alumni Auditorium accommodates approximately 650 people. Be considerate of your future classmates and use your best judgement as far as inviting guests.  

Please contact Admissions or Student Affairs Office with additional questions. We will update this page as more information becomes available.