White Coat Ceremony
With a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation of New York, the University of North Texas Health Science Center began the celebration of a White Coat Ceremony in August of 1996. The White Coat Ceremony is a “rite of passage” for health science center students that encourages a psychological contract for professionalism and empathy. The event emphasizes the importance of the foundational mission of the institution: education, research, patient care and service.
The HSC ceremony takes place at the Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium in front of family, friends and selected faculty. The incoming students are welcomed by the President, Provost and Deans and will be addressed by an eminent professional role model. The students are then presented, “cloaked,” with their first white coats symbolizing the mantle of their chosen profession. Students swear a professional oath before the assembled group, publicly acknowledging their new responsibilities and their willingness to assume the obligations of their new profession.
The white coat is a symbolic, non-verbal communication used to express and reaffirm a fundamental belief in a system that society observes. The authority of dress is serious and purposeful, not social, casual or random. The dress of healers of primitive societies was an important part of the paraphernalia of healing. The uniform should imply a purely professional interest. It must convey to even the most anxious a sense of seriousness and purpose that helps provide reassurance and confidence that his/her complaints will be dealt with competently and seriously.
It is a cloak of compassion.
2021 White Coat Ceremony
Friday, August 20, 2021
9 – 11 a.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Center
The 2021 White Coat Ceremony will be livestreamed! Please share the following URL with your friends and family who are unable to attend! The livestream recording will be available to view after the ceremony. UNTHSC 2021 White Coat Ceremony on Livestream.
White Coat Ceremony Downloads
Event Parking Information
Parking on campus is free (it will be open parking, with the exception of Lots 1 and 6). UNTHSC Police Officers will be assisting with traffic control to get students, faculty, and guests across Camp Bowie and Lancaster safely. Please use caution when crossing the roads, as this will take place during morning rush hour and lunch time. Be sure to factor in traffic lines and walking time in your morning commute so that you arrive safely and on time.
Student and Guest parking is available at Will Rogers. Parking is $10.00. WRMC Parking & Entry Map
- STUDENTS must arrive no later than 8:30 am will enter the auditorium on the far left rotunda entrance.
- GUESTS can arrive starting at 8:00 am and will enter the arena at the main entrances.
Handicap parking is located in the Welcome Center circle drive located on Lancaster Ave. and Amon Carter Square/Will Rogers Rd.
Students and guests who are using ride share services should be dropped off at the Welcome Center circle drive off of Lancaster Ave. and Amon Carter Square/Will Rogers Rd.
Will Rogers ADA Information
Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium has ADA decks in the auditorium, available for wheel chair seating. Wheelchairs and walkers are allowed inside the building.
Will Rogers Policy Information
- Strollers will not be permitted inside the building and will be asked to be left outside.
- Balloons, Confetti and Noise makers are not allowed inside the building.
- Flowers are allowed.
- Will Rogers will not have flowers for purchase.
- Good housekeeping and courtesy of WRMA property is expected.
Tickets are required for this event.
- Each student can claim up to (4) guest tickets via the marching order website.
- Incoming students do not require a ticket nor do lap children under the age of 2.
- Additional tickets are not available
- Overflow seating will be available on campus in the MET building in room MET 124 for guests who do not have a ticket to watch the ceremony via livestream.
- Students will have access to their tickets via Marching Orders through the date of the ceremony.
- Each ticket has a unique barcode. Duplicates will be denied at the door. Tickets that are emailed to your guests may go to junk/spam folders, so please remind them to check those.
- Tickets can be presented in paper or electronic format.
- Guest tickets will not be numbered or assigned, but will find their seats on a first-come, first-serve basis when they arrive at Will Rogers.
If you need disability accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact Brandie Wiley, Director of the Office of Disability Access at Brandie.Wiley@unthsc.edu. Please submit requests by July 30th to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.
White Coat Ceremony Contact
Ashlee Jimenez, MS, CCLS
Assistant Director, Office of Student Development