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White Coat Ceremony

Dear Entering Class,

I am delighted you have decided to come to Penn State College of Medicine this July.  Whether you have chosen to have Hershey or University Park as your home base, I think you will be very pleased with the educational programs and communities of learning you will now share. I encourage you to participate fully in the rich and diverse learning environments that encompass Penn State College of Medicine.

In 1996, Penn State College of Medicine initiated a White Coat Ceremony for entering medical students as a means to welcome you into the profession, and to acknowledge your commitment to professionalism and humanism in the practice of medicine. We invite you to join us this year as we continue this meaningful tradition for our College of Medicine.

During the ceremony, you will be presented and “cloaked” with your white coats by a distinguished Penn State College of Medicine physician and faculty member. In the days prior to the White Coat Ceremony your class will work together across the Hershey and University Park campuses to write an oath of student professionalism. At the ceremony, the students will read it together.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,

Edward Bollard DDS, MD
Interim Vice Dean, Educational Affairs
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education

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Image of a physician's white coat with White Coat Ceremony details for July 31: Entering class of 2021 at noon and Entering Class of 2020 at 4 p.m.

The White Coat Ceremony is to welcome you into the profession, and to renew your commitment to professionalism and humanism in the practice of medicine. You will be presented and “cloaked” with your white coat by a distinguished Penn State College of Medicine physician and faculty member then you will recite the student oath.

White Coat Ceremony
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
Great American Hall
Friday, July 22, 2022, at 4 p.m.