Student Events for Families

White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony is a tradition in which first-year students receive their first short white coat of their medical school career. The white coat, a symbol of the medical profession for more than 100 years, signifies the student’s commitment to the practice of medicine and the patient-physician relationship. The White Coat Ceremony was founded in 1993 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which concluded that the beginning of a student’s journey into medicine is the best time to influence standards of professionalism, humanistic values and behavior. At the close of the event, the students recite an oath each class writes collectively, which serves as a code of conduct throughout their time at WMed and as physicians after graduation. Families are invited to attend this transformative event to see students take their first steps into the medical profession.

White Coat Ceremony (Student Life)
The White Coat Ceremony for WMed's Class of 2020 was held Sept. 10, 2017, at WMU's Miller Auditorium.

Match Day

WMed will host its first Match Day celebration for the Class of 2018 on March 16, 2018. On Match Day, medical students across the country collectively learn where they will spend the next few years of their post-graduate education during their residency.


The inaugural Class of 2018 will be the first to graduate from WMed. The students will be honored during a ceremony on May 13, 2018, at Miller Auditorium. Check back here for more details on graduation.