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Clinicians Ceremony Information



Doors open at 10 a.m.

Ceremony starts promptly at 11 a.m.

The ceremony is approximately 2 hours.  

Ceremony format

  • Welcome and Introductions

  • Keynote Speaker

  • Presentation of White Coats and Stethoscopes

  • Recitation of the Physicians-in-Training Professionalism Pledge

  • Closing Remarks

Presentation of White Coats, Stethoscopes and Pins

During the ceremony, students will be coated by one of the Medical School Deans unless you have a parent, relative or mentor that is an M.D. or D.O. and you would like them to coat you.


Once you are coated, you will receive a Stethoscope, WSU SOM pin, as well as, the Physicians-in Training Professionalism Pledge, and be ushered back to your seat.


Ceremony etiquette

This ceremony is an exciting and memorable occasion for all of our students, but it is also a solemn one. Leaving before the ceremony has ended is disruptive and disrespectful to others. Students and guests are expected to remain for the entire ceremony.


The last student to cross the stage should expect to receive the same honor as the first, so please show consideration for all students by remaining seated until the conclusion of the ceremony.


Please refrain from excessive talking, cheering, use of noisemakers and other distractions, as this takes away from the dignity of the ceremony. Watches with alarms, cellphones and beepers can be distracting as well.


Out of respect for all students and guests, please switch all of your electronic devices to silent, vibrate or off.



Graduation Foto is the photographer for the Clinicians Ceremony. They will be taking professional photos during the ceremony.  Photos taken will include the student coating and receiving keepsake items. You will receive information from them by email and by U.S. mail.

Meeting after the ceremony

Please be sure to communicate with your guests about where to meet after the ceremony. Approximately 1,700 people will exit at the same time and it may be difficult to locate your family and guests.


To join in the celebration online, we encourage WSU students, staff, and faculty to take photos of themselves, friends, family, and colleagues with signs of congratulations and support and share them on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – along with the #WarriorClinicians hashtag.

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