The inaugural white coat ceremony was another momentous first at the medical school. The white coat ceremony is a rite of passage as new students begin medical school. On September 17, 2014 we presented members of the class of 2018 with their white coats, the most recognized symbol of the medical profession. For their clinical experiences, which begin this month, our medical students are expected to wear their white coat as part of the appropriate professional attire. Appropriately wearing the white coat is not only an expectation but a privilege. As our students recited the class of 2018 medical student oath, which they as a class composed, they set expectations and instill values that they pledged to keep before each other, the medical school faculty, family and friends, the community, and future patients. Our students’ role in the doctor-patient relationship has already begun as they learn the science of medicine and practice the art of patient care. A physician must care as well as cure. A physician is obligated to demonstrate excellence in the mastery of scientific knowledge, to be compassionate, and to embody integrity, professionalism, and lifelong learning. We, the administration and faculty at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, pledge to fulfill our mission to educate and inspire our medical students to be the exceptional clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers of tomorrow.