Friday, September 10, 2021
Pfleeger Concert Hall at Wilson Hall
North Campus Drive
Glassboro, NJ 08028
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 10 at 4 p.m. Click here to watch the event live.
Each student may bring up to two (2) guests to this special event. Proof of COVID vaccination is required for all guests. Link to upload the vaccination card was sent with the invitation. In addition, all students and attendees are required to wear masks.
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 moderate 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.
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.
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 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.
Students are responsible for finding their own transportation to Glassboro. *If you have problems finding transportation, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.
Students should wear professional attire to the White Coat Ceremony. Suit jackets should NOT be worn.
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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 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. If you wish to make a gift online please CLICK HERE