White Coat Sponsorship

The White Coat Ceremony is a time-honored tradition and a rite of passage for entering MD students as they begin their medical education and their journey to become a physician. The White Coat Ceremony presents each entering medical student with their first white coat, a WMed branded stethoscope, tuning fork, reflex hammer, personal protective equipment (PPE), and a host of WMed branded apparel needed for their coursework and clinical applications.

Serving as a white coat sponsor is an exciting and rewarding way to support a WMed student as they begin their medical education. Alumni, parents, corporate partners, foundations, WMed employees, and community friends are invited to sponsor one or more WMed students for their White Coat Ceremony.

White Coat Ceremony 2021


Sponsoring an entering medical student for their white coat ceremony often results in a special bond between the donor and student. Donors are asked to write a personal note of congratulations to the student they are sponsoring and this note is placed in the pocket of the student’s white coat. The student then receives this special greeting at the ceremony immediately following the presentation of their white coat.

Donors are also invited to meet the student they are sponsoring at a special reception for white coat students and donors in mid-September.

Sponsorship Levels

Sponsorships begin at $500 per student, with the option to support more than one student at the levels listed below.  

White Coat Sponsorship Levels

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“I have developed meaningful relationships with each of the students I sponsored throughout my tenure at WMed. In fact, I just had dinner earlier this month with a former white coat student I sponsored four years ago!” - Dr. Mark Loehrke, Chair of the Department of Medicine, June, 2021

Make A Gift

Please send your check payable to: WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and mail it to: WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, 1000 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. Please write, “White Coat Sponsor” in the memo section of your check.