2019 White Coat Ceremony

UNC School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony in Honor of the Class of 2023 on Saturday, October 5, 2019 10:00 AM.
Family and friends are invited to watch as your medical student dons the white coat for the first time.

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall
  • Ceremony is free of charge and registration is not required

Parking & Directions

Memorial Hall is located at 208 E Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

From Durham and points North:

Take 15-501S towards Chapel Hill.
Once in Chapel Hill, when the road forks, exit right onto Franklin Street.
Turn left onto Raleigh Street.
Turn at the next right onto Cameron Avenue.
Memorial Hall will be on your left.

From Raleigh, Cary and points East:

Take I-40W towards Chapel Hill.
Exit onto NC-54W, exit 273A, toward Chapel Hill.
When you reach campus, turn right onto Country Club Dr.
This road turns into Cameron Ave.
Memorial Hall will be on your left.

From Greensboro, Burlington and points West:

Take I-40E towards Chapel Hill.
Take the NC-86 exit, exit 266, toward Chapel Hill.
You will now be on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Follow this road approximately 3.5 miles into downtown Chapel Hill.
Turn left onto Cameron Avenue.
Memorial Hall will be on the right.

Parking

On-Campus Parking:

The Morehead Planetarium Lot is located on Franklin Street and is a short walk across McCorkle Place from Memorial Hall. This is a pay lot and is first-come, first-served.
The Bell Tower parking lot is located on South Road near the Bell Tower and is a short walk across Polk Place to Memorial Hall. This lost is free and is first-come, first-served.

In-Town Parking:

There are more than 475 off street parking spaces within the Town of Chapel Hill downtown area. The cost for these lots varies by location.

  • Rosemary st. Deck – 150 E Rosemary St
  • Municipal Lot 2 – 100 E Rosemary St
  • Municipal Lot 3 – 415 W Franklin St
  • Municipal Lot 4 – 104 W Rosemary St
  • Municipal Lot 5 – 108 Church St & W Rosemary St
  • Municipal Lot 6 – 127 W Rosemary St

Public Transportation

Chapel Hill Transit:

Buses on Chapel Hill Transit are free of charge to riders and provide a quick, convenience way to tracel throughout town. Several routes serve the Franklin Street area and can be found on the Chapel Hill Transit website.

Accessibility Information

Drop Off

Patrons with limited mobility may be dropped off along Cameron Avenue directly in front of Memorial Hall.

Seating

Memorial Hall offers wheelchair accessible seating.

2016 White Coat Ceremony Video

History of the White Coat Ceremony

The first White Coat Ceremony was held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York in 1993, supported by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The purpose of the ceremony is to clarify for students, prior to their entrance into the medical community that a physician’s responsibility is to both take care of patients and also to care for patients. In other words, doctors should care as well as cure.

Capturing students’ attention at a strategic and impressionable moment, it is important that family members and friends are invited to attend the ceremony. An inspiring address by an eminent physician sets the tone for the ceremony in which distinguished faculty and administrators from the medical school cloak students with their first white coats. Students recite a student-written adaptation of the Hippocratic Oath appropriate for their status as students, pledging to lead lives of compassion, uprightness, and honor. The ceremony is designed to stress the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and to foster a psychological contract in which each student accepts responsibility to be technically excellent, committed to the profession, and compassionate with patients.

In addition to the first year students receiving their White Coats this is also a momentous occasion in which select Fourth Year Medical Students are inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) honors medical students, residents, role-model physician teachers, and other exemplars recognized for “demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion, and dedication to service.” Organized to elevate the values of humanism and professionalism within the field of medicine, the Society is fast becoming integrated into the medical educational environment.