The White Coat Ceremony represents the start of your medical school journey, and we want the event to run as smoothly as possible. To help answer questions you may and to ensure the ceremony is seamless and memorable, we are happy to provide this information.
You should have already received information on getting fitted for your white coat. Coats have been ordered for all incoming students and will be distributed to you during Orientation. We do not offer alteration services, so if you need to alter your coat, please take it to an alteration service.
Noorda-COM will mail up to 10 printed invitations out to students’ designated family and friends. Students should have submitted these names to the Office of Student Affairs. Additionally, you will receive an e-invitation which you can send out to family and friends.
The venue has seating for approximately 1,200 attendees. Although there is no limit on the number of guests you can bring, we are asking that students consider limiting attendance to 15 guests per person. This will allow for ample seating for all students’ families and friends. Seating is on a first come, first-serve basis.
No, your White Coat Ceremony is not a ticketed event. Attendees do not need a ticket to enter the venue.
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.
Students should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. Once you arrive at the Convention Center, follow the signage to the 3rd floor where the staging area will be set up. This area is reserved ONLY for students and Noorda-COM faculty and staff. No family members or friends are allowed in the staging area.
Prior to the day of the ceremony, please be sure to iron/press your white coat so all wrinkles are removed. Once you arrive in the staging area, you will check-in and receive an index card with your name and number on the bottom corner of the card. The number will be used for line-up purposes. During this time before line-up, all students will get headshot photos taken in the staging area in your white coats and we will also do a group photo.
Please make sure you bring your white coat to the ceremony. You are strongly encouraged to press/iron your coat so it does not appear wrinkled or disheveled as you are on stage for photographs. You will process into the ballroom with your white coat folder over your right arm. This is also how you will walk to the podium to be coated.
Students will be seated on stage in alphabetical order and will process to the front of the stage to be coated. Students will announce their names and where they did their undergraduate studies. Students will then move to the center of the stage where you will present you coat to the Noorda-COM faculty who will place the coat on you. Please remain facing the audience when being coated. After being coated, you will return to your seat on stage for the remainder of the ceremony.
You should wear business attire for your ceremony. Collared, button-down shirts and ties, dresses, or slacks. We do not recommend wearing a suit jacket or sport coat as the venue may get warm and you will be putting on your white coat during the ceremony. We also do not recommend wearing high heels as there will be escalators and stairs to navigate.
You will be lined up in alphabetical order. Your number at the bottom of the index card you will receive at check-in corresponds with where you should be in line.
Personal belongings will not be allowed on stage. Please leave all personal items with family, friends, or in your vehicle.
Your family and friends are not permitted to join you in the staging area. Given the compressed timeframe to get students and faculty checked in, photos taken, and lined up, it is not possible to allow family and friends in this area.
We anticipate the ceremony will last approximately two hours. You are required to stay for the entire ceremony. A reception with light refreshments for students, their guests, and the Noorda-COM campus community will be held immediately following the ceremony.
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.
There are several options for parking near the Convention Center. Please visit: https://www.utahvalleycc.com/parking 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.