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Class of 2018 White Coat Ceremony

Event date: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 1:00pm

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 Adrienne Gladish at 614-292-7467 or

RSVP - closed

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

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 11:15 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  There is ample seating at the event and all seats provide a view of the stage.

Guest Coater

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 Dean Rustin Moore will be your coater..

(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.  
  • Attire is business casual and they do not need to wear their white coats.
  • There will be a check in table for coaters.
  • Reserved seating will be avialabe for the coater.  Any guest(s) of the coater will be asked to sit in the audience. 


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.  



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