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Class of 2028 White Coat Ceremony

Friday, August 9, 2024 at 11 a.m. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2028!

We are excited to invite our entering class and their friends and family to an in person celebration welcoming them to the Drexel community, and to the medical community.

This celebration, the White Coat Ceremony, is a nationally recognized tradition. Incoming medical students come together to put on their white coats, a symbol of clinical care and compassionate service, and to recite the Physician’s Pledge. Taking these steps in the presence of family, friends, and educators helps students realize their responsibilities from the first day of their medical studies.

Friday, August 9, 2024
11:00 a.m.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

A special thanks to the Benjamin J. Cottone, MD, HMC '31, White Coat Ceremony Endowment Memorial Fund for its partial support of this event, and to the Alumni Association for generously gifting the white coats and stethoscopes to the Class of 2028.

For more information, please contact us at

Drexel White Coat Ceremony 2019

About the White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony was established in 1993 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. It was designed to encourage a renewed focus on compassion among future generations of physicians.

Wearing their white “cloaks of compassion,” entering students take the Declaration of Geneva’s Physician’s Pledge, the contemporary successor to the 2500-year old Hippocratic Oath, for the first time in the presence of family, friends, faculty, board members, administrators and alumni affirming their commitment to the professional duties of physicians and the ethical principles of the medical profession they have now joined.

Taking the Pledge at the beginning of their education makes the students more aware of their responsibility from the very first day of their training, not just to ‘take care’ of their patients but to ‘care’ for them.





Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please reach out to with any questions related to the Class of 2028 White Coat Ceremony Ceremony.


Class of 2028

Do I need a ticket to enter? No, Class of 2028 students do not need a ticket to attend the White Coat Ceremony.

When should I arrive? Report time 9:45 a.m.– sharp!

Where do I go when I arrive at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts? Class of 2028 students should go immediately to the check-in table located on the first floor outside of Perelman Theatre. Once checked in, students will be directed to the Tier 2 Lounge for staging.

I have personal items with me (purse, jacket etc.). Can I bring it to the Tier 2 Lounge with me? NO - Class of 2028 students may not leave any personal belongings in the staging room. We will not be returning to that space after the ceremony. Please leave any personal items with your family/friends before entering the Tier 2 Lounge.

I’m not registered, but I want to participate in the White Coat Ceremony. What do I do? Please reach out to

What should I wear? The White Coat Ceremony is a formal event. We ask that students wear professional business attire. Please make sure to. If you choose to wear a dress, we recommend wearing one that is longer than your short white coat. You will be processing on stage with your white coat over your arm, so your professional attire will be visible to the audience.

Will I be permitted to have a family member cloak me during the White Coat Ceremony? Per Dr. Seema Baranwal – Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs:
“Drexel University College of Medicine as an institution has done away with family hooding at Commencement and family cloaking at the White Coat Ceremony. These family hoodings/cloakings were last done in 2019. College of Medicine leadership had decided to forego it in 2020 (prior to COVID) as we had reviewed a GSA national listserv survey and nationally - many schools are doing away with it because of equity issues. Our mission includes increasing first generation and underrepresented in medicine (URiM) students, along with nontraditional students – many of whom do not have family, DUCOM faculty or DUCOM/legacy schools’ alumni who can hood them. The thought is that it highlights privilege and not necessarily the students and their accomplishments. When reviewed with Student Government Association leadership, they expressed their support in removing this tradition in 2020 (even the ones with DUCOM alumni parents) as they wanted all students to be showcased in any equitable way.”

Are food and drink permitted at the venue? Food and drink are not permitted in the venue.

How do I receive my guests’ tickets? Guest ticket pickup will be offered on campus the week leading up to the White Coat Ceremony. It is each student’s responsibility to coordinate ticket distribution to your guests. Please watch for an email from the Office of Student Affairs. If you are unable to get tickets to your guests prior to the ceremony, you may leave tickets with Student Affairs. These tickets will be available at the Will Call table in the lobby on the morning of the ceremony.

How can those unable to attend in person watch the ceremony? The ceremony will be livestreamed on the College’s YouTube channel on Friday, August 9 at 11:00 a.m. ET (

Will parking be available? Yes! There are several parking garages located near the Kimmel Center including the Symphony House Garage (440. S. Broad St.) and the Juniper and Locust Garage (1327 Locust St.) You may also use SpotHero to make a parking reservation in advance.


Where do I go when I arrive at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts? Faculty should report to the Rendell Room by 10:00 a.m. Volunteers will be available to direct you.

Do I need a ticket to enter? No, faculty do not need a ticket to attend the White Coat Ceremony.

How do I register to participate in the White Coat Ceremony? Please RSVP to our White Coat Ceremony Faculty and Special Guest RSVP Form HERE. The RSVP form will close on Friday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

I’m not registered, but I want to participate in the White Coat Ceremony. What do I do? At the present time you must pre-register for this event.

I need to borrow a white coat for the ceremony. How do I obtain one? The Office of Student Affairs will have white coats available. Please make note of this on your official RSVP.


Where do I sit, and what time can I enter the Verizon Hall? General Admission tickets will be distributed prior to the event. Seating is based on Tier only and there are no assigned seats. Ushers are present on each tier and will help you find a seat. Guests may enter Verizon Hall beginning at 10:30 a.m.

How long will the ceremony run? We expect the White Coat Ceremony to run from 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. ET.

Will parking be available? Yes! There are several parking garages located near the Kimmel Centeron Broad Street including the Symphony House Garage (440. S. Broad St.) and the Juniper and Locust Garage (1327 Locust St.) You may also use SpotHero to make a parking reservation in advance.

I have a child with me—do they need a ticket? Any child over the age of five will need a ticket. If your child cannot comfortably sit on your lap without blocking the views of those behind you, they need their own seat.

I have a guest with accessibility accommodations with me. When can we enter the theater? It is recommended that all guests with accessibility accommodations arrive early so that event staff can show them to their seats. These guests will be invited to enter the Verizon Hall at 10:15 a.m. Please see the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts ushers for further instructions. Accessible seating is available on all Tiers and specific tickets for this seating is not required.

I have tickets available in my name. Where do I pick them up? If you are informed that you have tickets available for pick up, they will be in an envelope with your name on it at the Will Call Table in the lobby.

Where can I leave tickets for a guest? You may leave any tickets for a friend at the Will Call Table in the lobby.

Can I bring flowers to the Kimmel Center? Yes.

More FAQs will be added as we continue to finalize details for the White Coat ceremony.


The Physician's Pledge


I SOLEMNLY PLEDGE to dedicate my life to the service of humanity;

THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF MY PATIENT will be my first consideration;

I WILL RESPECT the autonomy and dignity of my patient;

I WILL MAINTAIN the utmost respect for human life;

I WILL NOT PERMIT considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient;

I WILL RESPECT the secrets that are confided in me, even after the patient has died;

I WILL PRACTICE my profession with conscience and dignity and in accordance with good medical practice;

I WILL FOSTER the honor and noble traditions of the medical profession;

I WILL GIVE to my teachers, colleagues and students the respect and gratitude that is their due;

I WILL SHARE my medical knowledge for the benefit of the patient and the advancement of healthcare;

I WILL ATTEND TO my own health, well-being and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard;

I WILL NOT USE my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;

I MAKE THESE PROMISES solemnly, freely and upon my honor.

©2017 World Medical Association