The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine cordially invites the Class of 2018, family and friends to the:
2017 White Coat Ceremony
Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Ohio Union
The White Coat Ceremony provides students a symbolic transition from the didactic to the clinical phase of veterinary education. The white coat is a symbol of medical professionalism and the ceremony signifies the beginning of your clinical apprenticeship to sustain and restore the health of animals and people.
The Ohio Union
Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom (2nd floor)
1739 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210
For directions click here.
The Ohio Union North Garage is located just north of the Ohio Union South Garage and provides an additional 600 visitor parking spaces during off-peak hours. Guests of the Ohio Union may utilize this garage from 4:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Guests with questions about access, accessible parking when visiting the Ohio Union or attending an event in the Ohio Union, or additional parking options should contact Eve Esch at 614-292-5246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no limit to the number of family and friends you can invite. Students please RSVP for family and friends (RSVP should be completed by student only) at https://vet.osu.edu/RSVPWhiteCoat.
Student Arrival Time
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. Students should arrive at the Ohio Union (Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom) no later than 11:30 am. Please be on time so that we can take a group picture and provide details of the day.
Guests Arrival Time
There is no limilt to the number of guests that may attend nor are tickets required. Seating begins at 12:45 pm for family and friends. Doors will at that time. Family and friends that arrive prior to 12:45 pm are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the Ohio Union or campus.
Unless arrangments have been made for early seating due to the impact of a disability, no seating will be avialable in the ballroom for family/friends until 12:45 p.m. To make arrangements for early seatting due to the impact of a disability, please contact email@example.com. There is ample seating at the event and all seats provide a view of the stage.
We want to encourage you to invite a DVM (or someone with PhD) that has served as a mentor to you to present your coat to you, as this will make the ceremony a more memorable experience for everyone. If you do not have coater, this year Dr. Michelle Harcha will do so.
(Please note that for Oath and Hooding which occurs at graduation, ONLY a faculty member or adjunct faculty member can hood you.).
Coaters should arrive at 12:30 pm.
The recommended attire is semi-formal (but no tuxedos or evening gowns). In the past, students have worn dresses or blouses/skirts, and dressy shirts and ties. No jeans or tennis shoes please.
After the ceremony, light hors d' oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Many students plan to have dinner with their families after the reception. So, discussing and making dinner plans with your student in advance can be helpful.
Click here, for places to eat and other visitor's information.