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White Coat Ceremony

The College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association welcome you in honoring the Class of 2006. The featured speaker for the evening was Dr. Anne Dwyer. Her remarks to the class are posted in full.

 
 
 

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White coat ceremonies have become a tradition at many schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, osteopathy and at veterinary medical colleges across the country.

At these ceremonies, students receive a white coat - the symbol of professionalism and empathy in the practice of medicine. The purpose of white coat ceremonies is to alert medical students to the need to balance excellence in science with humanistic patient care.

Our College takes the celebration of this "rite of passage" one step further, by honoring the individuals who have provided considerable support and special encouragement to our students along the way. These individuals, invited to participate in the ceremony, by enrobing their students with the time honored mantle of the medical profession: the white coat.