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White Coat Ceremony

Please join us in celebrating the UT Tyler School of Medicine, Class of 2027 

Saturday, June 29 | 2 p.m. CST 

Location: UT Tyler Cowan Center 

The University of Texas at Tyler 

3900 University Blvd 

Tyler TX 75799 

NOTE: Doors open at 1:00 p.m. No tickets are necessary. 



Frequently Asked Questions 

General Questions: 

What is a White Coat Ceremony? 

A white coat ceremony is a formal ceremony that inducts new students into the medical profession. It is a rite of passage that was first created by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 1993. During the ceremony, a white coat is placed on each student’s shoulders, and often a Physician’s Oath is recited. 

Where is the ceremony and how long will it last? 

The ceremony will be at the UT Tyler Cowan Center (on the main UT Tyler campus). We expect the ceremony to last 90 minutes. 

Address and Google Map location: 

Campus Map 

How do we get to UT Tyler? 

The University of Texas at Tyler is located in East Texas, approximately 100 miles from Dallas and Shreveport, La. 

The University of Texas at Tyler is located approximately 100 miles east of Dallas and 100 miles west of Shreveport, La. 

From Dallas: Take Interstate 20 east to U.S. Highway 69. Follow U.S. 69 south to Loop 323. Turn left (east) on Loop 323. 

From Shreveport: Take Interstate 20 west to U.S. Highway 271. Follow U.S. 271 south to Loop 323. Turn left (east) on Loop 323. 

The University of Texas at Tyler campus is located in Tyler's southeast corner. Exit Loop 323 onto University Blvd. (Spur 248), then head east on University Blvd. until you get to Old Omen Road (approximately two miles). Take a left onto Old Omen Road and you will see the main entrance to the campus on your left (approximately 1/2 mile). 

Where can we park? 

You can park in any of the lots closest to the Cowan Center. On the campus map, we recommend parking in lots 6, 7, and 8 (in that order). A parking pass will not be needed to park at this event.  

If I can’t join on the day, will the ceremony be available to watch at a later time? 

Yes, for those who are unable to attend in person, the links to the ceremony will be uploaded to the UT Tyler School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony website for future viewing. We will upload a recording of the ceremony by August 1st. 

Are there any prohibited items? 

To provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all, students and guests are encouraged to review and adhere to the list of prohibited items. Prohibited items will be confiscated. Patrons may be refused entry if in possession of the following: 

  • Food and Drinks 
  • Alcoholic Beverages 
  • Illegal Drugs 
  • Inflatables/Balloons 
  • Aerosol Cans/Noisemakers 
  • Strollers 

What is the recommended attire? 

The recommended attire is business casual. 

May I take photographs or video? Will there be professional photographs taken? How can I access them? 

You are welcome to take photographs and video, however, you must remain in your seats for proper traffic flow and safety purposes. The School of Medicine will coordinate professional photographers who will take photos throughout the ceremony. These photos will be available to download after the ceremony at no cost. 

Professional photographers will be taking a photo of each student with the Dean of the School of Medicine, after they have been cloaked. 


Students and Faculty Questions: 

Is there a rehearsal for the White Coat Ceremony? 

Yes, the rehearsal is Friday, June 28. It is mandatory for students and platform party members and optional for faculty.  

What is the recommended attire? 

Business casual dress is required. Students will receive their white coat at the ceremony. 

When should students and faculty arrive at the ceremony? 

Students should arrive no later than 12:00 p.m. CST to the UT Tyler Cowan Center on June 29, 2023. Students will enter through the main entrance and report to the South Lobby to be given last-minute instructions about the ceremony and other details for the event. 

Can I bring guests? 

Yes! Every student and faculty member is invited to bring guests; there is not limit to the number of guests you can bring. Please make sure that you direct guests to the UT Tyler School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony website for all event information. Please inform your guests that the doors open at 8:00 a.m., and the processional will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. Guests arriving during the processional may be asked to wait in the lobby until students and faculty have been seated. No tickets will be required to hand in at the door. 

Students and faculty are asked to RSVP by June 20, 2024.  

Can students and faculty bring a handbag or purse? 

No personal belongings will be allowed. All personal items must be left with family, friends, or in your car. 


Additional Questions? 

For additional questions regarding the White Coat Ceremony, please contact the following: 

Office of Student Affairs 
Email: som.studentaffairs@uttyler.edu 
Phone: (903) 877-8294