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White Coat Ceremony - Class of 2022

Event Details
Friday, September 14, 2018
4 p.m.
Pfleeger Concert Hall at Wilson Hall
Rowan University
North Campus Drive
Glassboro, NJ  08028

Each student may bring up to four guests to this special event. Invitations will be mailed to your guests in early August.

Students must arrive at Pfleeger Concert Hall by 2:30 p.m.  Doors will open for event guests at 3:30 p.m. -- one half hour before the start of the ceremony.

Students, staff and White Coat Ceremony guests may park in Lot C or Lot D.  It is a short walk from these lots to Pfleeger Concert Hall/Wilson Hall.  For guests who need special assistance, Rowan Public Safety will use golf carts to shuttle guests. Guests who require special needs parking should contact Jenene Thomas at

The White Coat Ceremony typically runs 90-120 minutes.  A reception with light refreshments on the Wilson Patio will immediately follow the White Coat Ceremony.

Directions to Rowan University
Directions to Pfleeger Concert Hall/Wilson Hall
Printable Rowan campus map

Important Information for Students

• Arrival Time: Students, Advisory College Directors, and other CMSRU personnel participating in the event should arrive at Pfleeger Concert Hall by 2:30 p.m. Upon arrival, students should check in with Event Staff. Students will be lined up alphabetically within their Advisory Colleges for this event.
• Rehearsal: Rehearsal begins PROMPTLY at 2:45 p.m. This is a complicated event with many moving parts, so it is imperative that all who are participating in the White Coat Ceremony arrive on time.
• Transportation: Students are responsible for finding their own transportation to Glassboro. *If you have problems finding transportation, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Directions to Rowan University
Directions to Pfleeger Concert Hall/Wilson Hall
Printable Rowan campus map

• Attire: Students should wear professional attire to the White Coat Ceremony. Women are encouraged to avoid high heels. Men are urged to wear dress pants, shirts and ties. Suit jackets should NOT be worn.


About the Speaker

Allan R. Tunkel, MD, PhD, MACP
Professor of Medicine and Medical Science
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Dr. Allan Tunkel received his PhD and MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School in 1980 and 1984, respectively, where he was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his residency and served a chief residency at the Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and did a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. During his fellowship, he initiated his interest the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of bacterial meningitis and central nervous system infections; he has authored or co-authored more than 270 publications (original articles, reviews, editorials, books and book chapters) in his fields of interest and Chaired of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Practice Guideline Committee which developed practice guidelines for Bacterial Meningitis, Encephalitis, and Healthcare-associated Ventriculitis and Meningitis.  He was previously at Drexel University College of Medicine where his roles included Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine, Associate Dean for Admissions, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Campuses, and Faculty Councilor of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  From January 2006 through June 2013, he was Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ.  In July 2013, he began his appointment at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is currently the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education.  Dr. Tunkel is the principal investigator on a 5-year, $1 million grant awarded as part of the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Initiative entitled “Educating Future Physicians: Development of a Primary Care-Population Medicine Program.”


About the White Coat Ceremony

Each year, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) officially welcomes its first year students into the medical profession at its annual White Coat Ceremony.

During this special day, the medical students are “cloaked” in their first white coats by faculty mentors in the presence of family members, friends and medical school deans and faculty.  The poignant donning of the white coat is a symbolic event that marks students’ official entry into the medical profession, and demonstrates their commitment and dedication as they embark on their lifelong journeys.  In addition, the White Coat Ceremony is the first time new students recite the Hippocratic Oath.

White Coat Notes
A new tradition at CMSRU is the White Coat Notes initiative, which provides an opportunity to give new students hand-written messages of encouragement and congratulations while supporting the student activities fund. 

Notes are placed in the pockets of students’ jackets before they are cloaked during the ceremony.  Loved ones, fellow students, past and future mentors and colleagues, and friends are encouraged to participate in this meaningful program.  Click HERE for more information on CMSRU’s White Coat Notes.

If you have guests who cannot make the White Coat Ceremony, encourage them to watch the live stream of the event on this page beginning Friday, September 14 at 4 p.m.