White Coat Ceremony

Harlem Campus

Notification will be sent by the Office of Student Affairs with the specific details on how students will get fitted for their White Coat, obtain tickets to attend the event and parental involvement during the coating ceremony. In advance of such notification following are instructions for participating in the ceremony on the day of White Coat ceremony scheduled for Monday, May 13, 2019:

  1. Report to the Aaron Davis Hall, Marian Anderson Theater, 1st floor, (129 Convent, New York, NY 10027) at 8:30 AM. You will be directed by security upon entering. Family and friends should not arrive prior to 9:00 AM. Access and seating inside Aaron Davis Hall, Marian Anderson Theater is restricted prior to 9:00AM. Please be sure to remind your guests of this, as anyone arriving prior to the designated time will not be granted entrance. Seating for ticketed guests will be collected during check in.
  2. Students should arrive with their previously distributed white coats. Student lab coats ar emandatory inorder to participat ein the ceremony.will pick up their white coat. 
  3. In the right hand pocket you will find a DO Pledge pin, the program, Osteopathic Pledge & Oath of Commitment, and a 3X5 card with your name on it.
  4. Students will be lined up in height order.
  5. At 10:00 AM sharp, students will be led into the theater in two lines. 
  6. On cue, one row at a time will stand and proceed to the right hand side of the stage. When you reach the top of the stairs, hand your 3X5 card to Dr. Prancan and whisper your name to him. He then will announce you.
  7. Upon hearing your name, you will proceed to center stage, have your coat put on and take a photo with the Dean. (For those students who would like to be coated by their parent/faculty, complete the Harlem Class of 2021 White Coat Robing Contact Info by Monday, May 6, 2019. Form will open on Monday, March 25, 2019. After we gather all of the completed forms, instructions will be provided to the designated persons. There will be designated seats for persons who will be robing. Please note, only one person can hood per student and only those who are designated on the form to robe will be allowed to accompany you on stage.
  8. Students will then proceed to the opposite side of the stage, walk off stage and proceed to your seat.
  9. Parents and friends will enter the auditorium at 9:00 AM.
  10. No balloons are allowed inside Aaron Davis Hall, Marian Anderson Theater. Please be sure to remind your guests that balloons are not permitted.

Middletown Campus

Middletown's Class of 2023 White Coat Ceremony will be held on July 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Following are instructions for participating in the ceremony on the day of the White Coat Ceremony:

  1. Students will pick up their white coats backstage at the Paramount Theater at 8:30 am on July 22nd, 2019.
  2. In the left hand pocket you will find: an Invitation, six guest tickets, a DO Pledge pin, an Osteopathic Pledge & Oath of Commitment Card, and a 3X5 index card with your name written on it. (If you are being coated by a parent or faculty during the ceremony, your right pocket will contain a lanyard identifying your coater.

    • The entire class will be coated by Executive Dean, Dr. Kenneth Steier; however, if you wish to be coated by a parent or by faculty, please complete the Coating at White Coat Ceremony form by Monday, July 1, 2019. Requests received after this date will not be accepted - no exceptions!

      NOTE: The person who coats a student during the ceremony must have a doctoral degree in the health professions (i.e., DO, MD, Pharm.D, DDS, DPM, DPT, PhD in biological sciences, etc.). Only ONE person can hood per student and only those designated on the form will be allowed to accompany you on stage. Coaters will be provided with lanyards identifying them as such. Please forward this lanyard to your coater when you break for lunch following class portraits. Assigned staff will be stationed at theatre entry doors when the house doors open to usher guests wearing these lanyards to a designated area. Coaters are assigned a seat in a designated area separate from your remaining guests.

  3. Upon receipt of your white coat, you will proceed to the photographer's line, where a professional photo will be taken. Upon completion of individual portraits, two (2) group photos (center stage and outside marquee) will follow.
  4. When group photos are complete, you will break for lunch (approximately 11:00 AM) and return backstage at 12:00 PM* for procession line-up. Students will be lined up in height order.
  5. Theater doors will conveniently open at 12:00 PM for your family & guests.
  6. The procession moves promptly at 12:50 PM for a 1:00 PM entry through the main theatre doors where all heads will be turned toward the doors, awaiting your arrival!
  7. During the ceremony (and on cue) you will stand one row at a time, with your white coat folded over your arm, and proceed to the right hand side of the stage alongside the theater wall (this is the moment that your coater will join you). Stay in this line to make your way to center stage!
  8. When you reach the top of the stage stairs, you will hand your 3X5 card to Dean Jones and whisper your name in his ear. Upon hearing Dr. Jones announce your name, you will proceed to center stage where you will be coated by Executive Dean, Dr. Kenneth Steier (or by your designated coater).
  9. Proceed forward to the stairs on the opposite side of the stage to exist and return to your original seat.

Photos & Video

You cannot videotape the ceremony. Due to fire safety policies, we cannot permit individuals standing in the aisles trying to get a "clear shot". The college arranges for a videographer. Photography for this ceremony will be available for download at: shaharimages.com/TOURO-COLLEGE/2019-WC-Middle