The White Coat Ceremony is an exciting and meaningful event for medical students, their families, and guests. We want the event to run as smoothly as possible. To help answer questions you may have as guests to this event, we are happy to provide this information.

Will the event be streamed?

Yes,  you can watch the event live here.

When and where will the White Coat Ceremony take place?

The inaugural White Coat Ceremony will take place on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at the Utah Valley Convention Center. The address for the Convention Center is 220 West Center Street, Provo, Utah 84601.

When will the ceremony conclude?

We anticipate the ceremony will last approximately two hours. We ask that all guests remain seated until the recessional concludes. A reception with light refreshments for students, their guests, and the Noorda-COM campus community will be held immediately following the ceremony.

What time do the doors open for guests?

Doors to the ballroom will open at 9:30 a.m. Guests are not allowed inside the ballroom prior to doors opening. Guests will not be allowed in the student and faculty staging area.

Do I need a ticket to attend?

No tickets are required for this event.

Can I bring an infant or small child?

Yes, guests of all ages are encouraged to attend. We ask that guests take crying children out of the ballroom, so the ceremony is not disrupted.

What is the recommended attire for guests?

The recommended attire is business casual.

How will seating work?

Guest seating is available on a first come, first-serve basis for all general seating areas. There will be approximately 1,200 seats available. Areas stanchioned off are not available as they are reserved for faculty, staff, and distinguished guests.

Will there be professional photographs taken?

Yes, we have arranged for professional photographers to capture the students as they cross the stage and receive their white coats. Professional headshots of the students will also be taken prior to the ceremony. Students will receive information on how to order these photographs directly from the professional photographer. Candid photos and a class photo will also be taken before and after the ceremony. These photographs will be available for download a few days after the ceremony. Additional information will be provided.

Can guests take photographs or videos?

Yes, guests may take photographs and video. Please be mindful that aisles, walkways, and the area in front of the stage must remain clear for traffic flow, safety, and so the professional photographers have unobstructed access. Guests will NOT be permitted in the staging area, behind the platform, or in front of the seating area. Please show courtesy to those around you, do not block the view of other guests, and keep all aisles and walkways clear.

Are there hotel and dining options in the area?

The Utah Valley Convention Center is located in the heart of historic downtown Provo. There are numerous hotel options that are easily walkable to the Convention Center. For more information on hotel options near the Convention Center, visit: For information on restaurants in downtown Provo, visit:

Where can I park?

There are several options for parking near the Convention Center. Please visit: for more information or to download the parking map. We have also reserved the convention center’s northwest parking lot for handicapped parking or to drop off guests who need assistance.


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