How should I enter the venue? Enter lobby from Broad St. or Spruce St. Entrance.
Do I need a ticket to enter? No, Class of 2027 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 2027 students should go immediately to the check-in table located on the first floor outside of Perelman Theatre. Once checked in, students will go to Tier 2 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 2027 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 DUCOMMilestones@drexel.edu.
What should I wear? The White Coat Ceremony is a formal event. We ask that students wear professional business attire. As the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Please make sure you wear shoes that you can easily walk in (including walking upstairs and downstairs from the Tier 2 Lounge on the second floor). 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 11 at 11:00 a.m. ET (YouTube.com/DrexelMedicine)
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.
How should I enter the venue? Enter from Broad St. or Spruce St. Entrance.
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 direct you to the Rendell Room.
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.
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.
How should I enter the venue? Enter Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Main Lobby from Broad St. or Spruce St.
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. – 12:30 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.