White Coat Ceremony
for the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2024
Friday, October 2, 2020
The White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2024 will be livestreamed. Please note, family and friends will not be able to attend the ceremony in person this year due to social distancing guidelines and event size restrictions. Click on the link below
to view the livestream of this White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2024, scheduled for Friday, October 2nd at 1:00 PM.
Class of 2024 White Coat Ceremony Program
White Coat Streaming
Watch the White Coat livestream beginning at 1:00 PM, October 2nd >>
Captioning will also be available for this year's event. Those needing captions may click on the link below to open a separate browser window to display them.
White Coat captioning >>
What is a White Coat Ceremony?
Initiated on August 20, at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, this annual ceremony or a similar rite now takes place for first-year medical students at about 90 percent of schools of medicine and osteopathy in the United States,
and is supported by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation
According to the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the White Coat Ceremony helps establish a psychological contract for the practice of medicine.
Physicians dressed in black until
the late 19th century, due to the association of black attire as formal. Physicians adopted the white coat as a symbol of purity at the beginning of the 20th century.