White Coat Ceremony

Friday, October 13, 2017, 2:30 pm, Ira Allen Chapel
Reception to follow, Grand Maple Ballroom, UVM Dudley H. Davis Center

Zehle_250x194Dear Students,

Each year, Larner College of Medicine 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 students gather with their classmates, faculty, staff, family, and friends at Ira Allen Chapel to receive their white coats.

On Friday, October 13, the White Coat Ceremony will begin at 2:30 pm at Ira Allen Chapel. The program duration is approximately an hour, and includes greetings by leaders from the medical school and medical center, the previous year's LCOM Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award Faculty Recipient as a keynote speaker, the white coat cloaking, and the recitation of the LCOM-adopted modern Hippocratic Oath.

A reception will follow in the Grand Maple Ballroom at the UVM Dudley H. Davis Center for all students and guests.

Christa Zehle, MD
Associate Dean for Students

White Coat Ceremony Information:


Members of the class must arrive to assemble outside of Billings Ira Allen Lecture Hall, located on the lower level of Ira Allen Chapel. Students should not bring backpacks, laptops or other valuables with them. While we will have a location for students to leave coats, purses, and other belongings during the ceremony, this is not an event where students want to carry their belongings around with them.

Staff and student ambassadors will guide students into alphabetical order for the procession into Ira Allen Chapel, and to their seating on the main floor. The procession will start promptly at 2:20 pm, so cooperation during this process is greatly appreciated.


Please dress in professional/interview attire. Whatever you choose should be comfortable and easy to manage when your coat is put on during the ceremony.

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 please consider this when choosing footwear and skirt/dress/pant length.

Please avoid thick sweaters or anything that would constrict you from raising your arms to put on the white coat.


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 family and friends who are unable to attend. A link will be provided in the sidebar of this webpage (see above), and on the Larner College of Medicine homepage. 

A photo gallery from the event will be available within a few days following the Ceremony; visit the Larner College of Medicine homepage for the link. 

We encourage you to share your photos and stories using #UVMLarnerMed and #UVMFutureDoc.


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

Parking and Shuttle Service

Please Note: Parking is very limited and carpools, shuttles from hotels, etc. are highly recommended.

Guest parking on campus is limited, with most lots requiring permits. Click to view a campus parking map of the available guest parking lots, including the location of the UVM Medical Center parking garage.

The Gutterson Lot on campus will be open for White Coat Ceremony parking on Friday afternoon only. If guests of students choose to park in that lot, please print out the White Coat Ceremony parking permit and have them place it on the car dashboard to prevent being ticketed.

A White Coat Ceremony shuttle will run between Gutterson Lot and the front of Ira Allen Chapel from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. After the ceremony ends, a shuttle will loop from the front of Ira Allen Chapel to the front of the Dudley H. Davis Center. Once all students and guests have left Ira Allen Chapel, a shuttle will loop from the front of the Dudley H. Davis Center to the Gutterson Lot, with the last shuttle leaving the Dudley H. Davis Center at 5:45 pm.

Ira Allen Chapel and the Dudley H. Davis Center are a short walk apart, with signs directing students and guests who choose to walk from the ceremony to the reception.

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 upon request, 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 Brittany Willette, the LCOM Event Manager, if you need a handicapped permit for Ira Allen Chapel. Staff will be available to assist with the elevator and seating in the Chapel.


View a Google map showing the location of Ira Allen Chapel and the Dudley Davis Center, plus the Larner College of Medicine, Medical Student Education Building and main campus.

View the interactive UVM Campus map.

Class of 2021 Information

  • Breakfast & "The Science of Mindful Wellness for Medical Students and their Parents," with Professor James Hudziak, M.D.,
    8:00 AM, Grand Maple Ballroom, Class of 2021 students and families/guests are welcome.
  • White Coat Student Lineup, 1:30 PM, outside of Billings Ira Allen Lecture Hall, Lower Level of Ira Allen Chapel.
  • White Coat Doors Open, 1:45 PM, Ira Allen Chapel, No tickets required.
  • White Coat Ceremony, 2:30 PM, Ira Allen Chapel, No tickets required.
  • Reception to Follow, Grand Maple Ballroom, Class of 2021 students and families/guests are welcome.
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