White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony

Class of 2023

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 Dean Lairmore in this ceremony that begins your professional education.

The White Coat Ceremony will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019, at the School of Veterinary Medicine events lawn. Entrance into the event will require a wristband for guests. Wristbands will be distributed to students during the first week of Prologue. Because of space constraints and safety concerns, we must limit attendance to new students and four (4) guests per student. Please note that individuals ages three years and older will require a wristband and must be worn the day of the ceremony.

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

The event will begin at 4:30 PM with an appetizer reception and social hour. The ceremony will follow at 5:30 PM and end at 7:00 PM. 

Location

University of California, Davis
Veterinary Medicine Events Lawn
944 Garrod Dr. 
Davis, CA. 95616
Get directions

From the Sacramento Area:
Take Interstate 80 West towards San Francisco. Proceed past the Davis exits and take Highway 113 North towards Woodland. Take the Hutchison Drive (UC Davis) exit. Turn right on Hutchison Drive. At the first stop light, turn right onto Health Sciences Drive. Continue straight through the stop sign to park in Parking Lot 56. Follow the signs walking to Gladys Valley Hall.

From the San Francisco Bay Area:
Take Interstate 80 east towards Sacramento. Proceed past Dixon exits and take Highway 113 North towards Woodland. Take the Hutchison Drive (UC Davis) exit. Turn right on Hutchison Drive. At the first stop light, turn right onto Health Sciences Drive. Continue straight through the stop sign to park in Parking Lot 56. Follow the signs walking to Gladys Valley Hall.

From the Redding Area:
Take Interstate 5 South towards Sacramento. At Woodland, take Highway 113 south towards Davis. Take the Hutchison Drive (UC Davis) exit and turn left at the stop sign (onto Hutchison). At the first street light, turn right onto Health Sciences Drive. Continue straight through the stop sign to park in Parking Lot 56. Follow the signs walking to Gladys Valley Hall.

Parking 

Please be advised that parking after 4:00pm will be waived.
If you do not have a parking pass and show before 4:00pm without paying the $9 parking fee, you may be subject to ticketing.

Lots 50, 55, 56 and the PCL lot in the Health Sciences District will provide the most convenient parking options. For locations, see map

Please note: Pets will not be allowed at the ceremony