Tomorrow (Friday, September 23, 2011) will be an important day for many new students here at AUC. The White Coat Ceremony is one of the two most important ceremonies in the medical student’s educational career, the other being Graduation. Performed in most medical, nursing, and PA schools around the US, it is a beautiful ceremony where the students are given their first White Coat, a cloak of trust, professionalism, and compassion. Putting on the white coat for the first time symbolizes the students’ official welcome into the greater medical community of white-coat wearers.
At AUC, the White Coat Ceremony is hosted by the Student Government Association to welcome the new incoming class and to honor the new inductees into the Alpha Omega Phi Honor Society.
This year, due to the threat of Tropical Storm Maria two weeks ago, the White Coat Ceremony had to be post-poned. But after finishing first block of med school, students can finally be formally and symbolically welcomed into the world of medicine. This semester’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Shupe, Professor of Microbiology. This semester’s Honor Society speaker will be Prasanth Ravipati. For all those family and friends (or anyone else interested) who are not able to make it down to St. Maarten to see your loved ones walk the stage at the White Coat Ceremony tomorrow, you can watch it here webcasted live, or at this link.
The live broadcasting will begin at 5:30pm Atlantic Time, September 23, 2011! So that is:
- 5:30pm Eastern Time
- 4:30pm Central Time
- 3:30pm Mountain Time
- 2:30pm Pacific Time
Hosted by the Student Government Association, the ceremony will be held in Lecture Hall 1 at 5:30pm. A reception will immediately follow at 8pm at the Porto Cupecoy Courtyard, with catering from Sopranos and live music from the pianist at Sopranos. Phi Chi and other student organizations will provide rides to Porto Cupecoy from 8pm to 8:30pm, as well as rides back to campus from 10pm to 10:30pm for those who need rides.
Congratulations to the new inductees into the Alpha Omega Phi Honor Society and to the new September 2011 class!
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