White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony is a symbol of entry into the profession of medicine, and is a very important defining moment for first year medical students.

More important than the day students graduate, the day that they begin medical school marks the start of their responsibilities as a health professional. Students accept the obligation to demonstrate respect, become a teacher, and embody humanism. This ceremony symbolizes the first step into being a professional, rather than a step toward becoming a professional. As they are welcomed into the Duke community of medical professionals, students are urged to reflect upon and look forward to proclaiming the commitment to medicine at this most distinctive ceremonial event.



Friday, August 5th 2022


4:30pm at Penn Pavilion 


6:00pm at Page Auditorium


Livestream the event here


Free parking will be in Parking Garage IV located at 135 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Students are allowed a maximum of four guests for the White Coat Ceremony and Reception


White coats and stethoscopes are provided to the students by the Duke Medical Alumni Association.