White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony is a momentus event for entering College of Health Sciences students (Health Sciences, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy). Students are provided with the opportunity to gather in the presence of their families, friends, faculty and alumni members to “receive the cloak of their future profession – the white coat”.


Through the support of dedicated local partners, students and their families, and generous alumni, the College of Health Sciences seeks to defray the cost of the White Coat for each of its students. We hope that you will take the opportunity to place an ad in the White Coat Ceremony Program to support our students or donate a white coat today. For more information, please see the links at the bottom of this page.

History of the White Coat Ceremony

Graduating Student Receives White Coat

The White Coat Ceremony itself was started by Dr. Arnold P. Gold at Columbia University’s College of Physicians And Surgeons in 1993 and has since been adopted at many Health Professional Schools across the Nation. By having a ceremony where entering students are “cloaked” with their very first white lab coat, we are calling particular attention to the individual’s choice to become a Health Sciences Educator, Physician Assistant, or Physical Therapist, and of equal importance, bringing to focus the true meaning of that choice – that you must cure, but also care.


Ceremony Information

The 2015 CHS White Coat Ceremony will be held on August 8, 2015 at Pomona First Baptist Church, 586 N. Main Street, Pomona, CA 91768. Following the Western University of Health Sciences Convocation held at 8:30 am at the Pomona Fairplex, Building #4.

If you have any questions, please call Lorraine Halverson at (909) 469-5390 or e-mail lhalverson@westernu.edu.


Donate a White Coat

Donate a White Coat

Donate a White Coat – Please select CHS White Coat Donation from the selection menu.

Place an Ad


Ad Examples

CAHP White Coat Program Ad Examples

Download CHS White Coat Letters

White Coat Student Letter

White Coat Business Partners Letter

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