White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony

The white coat is the symbol of clinical service and care. At other schools, students only participate in didactic education in the first years of their training. Their white coat ceremony then occurs during their transition to the clinical phase of their education. At UC Davis, you will have the opportunity to work with patients and gain clinical skills in your first year. Therefore, you will take the School of Veterinary Medicine student oath, receive your white coat, and be welcomed into the veterinary profession by the dean in this ceremony that begins your professional education.

White Coat Ceremony

Welcome, Class of 2027!

Friday, August 18, 2023 - 3:30 p.m.

The White Coat Ceremony will be held at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center. Students are allowed up to four guests. Wristbands will be required for admission into the venue for all students and guests (including newborns), and will be distributed to students upon check-in for Prologue. Students may allocate wristbands to guests at their convenience. The event will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person. The recording can be accessed through Facebook and Youtube after the event. 

Students are encouraged to dress in business casual attire during the ceremony.

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
523 Mrak Hall Dr, Davis, CA 95616
(Google Maps Directions)

The main parking structure is located on Hilgard Lane, just south of the Mondavi Center building. Parking fees will be waived during the event.

A printable map of the area, including passenger drop-off route, can be downloaded from here.

Please note: Pets will not be allowed at the ceremony

COVID protocols: Masks are highly encouraged, but not required. 


Friday, August 18, 2023 - 5:00 p.m.

A dinner and drink reception will be held immediately following the ceremony. More details to come.