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The White Coat Ceremony

Dear Class of 2017,

The White Coat Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm.  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.

Friends and family are invited to attend this important tradition in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

If you have any questions, please contact (614) 292-1171 or email


The Ohio Union, Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom (2nd floor)
1739 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210



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


The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. Students should arrive at the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom of the Ohio Union no later than 11:45 p.m.  Please be on time. 


Students are welcome to invite family and friends to attend the White Coat Ceremony.  No ticket is required. There is no limit to the number of family and friends you can invite.  Seating begins at 12:45 pm for family/friends.  Please advise your family/friends that if they arrive prior to 12:45 p.m., they are welcome to tour the Ohio Union or campus area on their own.  

Unless arrangements have been made for early seating due to the impact of a disability, no seating will be available in the ballroom for family/friends until 12:45 p.m.  To make arrangements for early seating 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 ask a DVM that has made a difference to them to present their coat, as that will make the ceremony a more memorable experience for everyone.  If you do not have a DVM Mentor to coat you, Dr. Rustin Moore 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.) Guest Coaters should arrive at 12:30 pm.


Because the White Coat Ceremony is formal, people are dressed up professionally - which means  "business" or "business-casual" attire.  You will see a lot of shirts and ties and business dresses in the room (but no tuxedos or evening gowns)


After the ceremony, light hors d' oeuvres and nonalcholic 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.