Class of 2017 preps for annual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 2

Members of Penn State College of Medicine’s entering class will gather at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the Hershey Lodge in the Great American Hall to begin their medical careers by donning their first white coats during the annual White Coat Ceremony. A reception will immediately follow.

The entering medical student class will be presented and “cloaked” with their white coats by distinguished faculty members. Following the distribution of white coats, the students will join with faculty to recite the Oath of Modern Hippocrates — the universally recognized creed for physicians.

The College of Medicine initiated its annual White Coat Ceremony in 1996 with funding support from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a public foundation fostering humanism in medicine. A White Coat Ceremony or similar rite of passage takes place at more than 90 percent of schools of medicine and osteopathy in the United States.

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. No tickets are necessary for this event.

For more details, contact Thao Danz at or 717-531-3877.

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Last Updated June 26, 2013