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Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony

Event date: 
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 1:00pm
Ohio Union

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine cordially invites the Class of 2020, family and friends to the:

2019 White Coat Ceremony - Class of 2020
Sunday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Ohio Union
1739 North High Street
Archie M. Griffin Grand Ball Room, 2nd Floor

The Ceremony

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.

Guest Coater

We want to encourage you to invite someone (must be a Veterinarian) 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.  You will need to provide us information about your coater when you RSVP.   If you do not have a veterinary mentor to coat you, Dr. Rustin Moore will do so.

(Please note that for Oath and Hooding which occurs at graduation, ONLY an Ohio State faculty member can hood you).  

Coaters should arrive at 11:00 a.m. but no later than 11:30 a.m.  We strongly encourage you to invite your coater to our reception at 11:00 a.m.  Food will be provided.  


We can’t stress the importance of students being on time for this event.  Because you will be seated in alphabetic order, if one person is late or does not show up, it impacts the entire group.  We strongly encourage everyone to attend the reception starting at 11:00 a.m. in the Performance Hall at the Ohio Union.   Food will be provided.  We will also take a class picture and do a walk through for the day.  The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. Students should arrive at the Ohio Union (Performance Hall) no later than 11:00 a.m.  


The Ohio Union
Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom (2nd floor)
1739 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210
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The Parking garages adjacent to the north side of the Ohio Union are operated by CampusParc. Their number is 614-688-0000 and their website is:

Ohio Union South Garage
The Ohio Union South Garage is located immediately adjacent to the north side of the building with access from High Street and College Road. This garage offers 800 visitor-only spaces, including accessible parking and main campus disability permit access. A passenger drop-off loop is located off of the 12 Avenue entrance to the Ohio Union.

Ohio Union North Garage
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. The cost will be $5 for parking (cash or credit cards accepted)


We will have a reception before the ceremony for ALL students at 11:00 a.m. at the Ohio Union in the Performance Hall, 1st floor.  Guest Coaters are welcome to attend.  This event is open to ALL students and coaters only!  Food will be provided.

After the White Coat Ceremony, cake and punch will provided for students and guest(s).


Invitation for Guests

There is no limit to the number of guests that may attend nor are tickets required.  Seating begins at 12:30-12:45 pm for family and friends.  Doors will open 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.   


Because the White Coat Ceremony is formal, people are dressed 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). In the past, students have worn dresses or blouses/skirts, and dressy shirts and ties.  No jeans or tennis shoes please.


This occasion is made for photographs!  Be sure to have your cameras ready!  You will have opportunities to take photos before and after the ceremony.  Our photographer will take a picture of each student on stage receiving their white coat.  He will also take candid photos after the ceremony.  These pictures will be made available to students.  


After the ceremony, cake and punch will be available. Many students plan to have dinner with their families after the reception.  So, discussing and making dinner plans with your party in advance can be helpful.

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