This ceremony was initiated at DMU more than 10 years ago to encourage professionalism, scientific excellence and compassionate health care. More than any other symbol, the white coat signifies the excellence and caring demanded of those entering the health care professions. By accepting the white coat at this public ceremony, students acknowledge that they assume the additional responsibilities inherent in a medical education.
The White Coat Ceremony is held at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, 221 Walnut Street in downtown Des Moines. The center provides ample seating for the guests of our students. The University does not issue tickets or in any way limit attendance. Guests are requested to use the Third Street entrance.
Des Moines University gratefully acknowledges the alumni associations of each college for the gift of white coats to each class.
Grad Images will photograph each student during the ceremony. Proofs will be sent to student’s DMU email address so they have the option to select and order photos. Additional photos may be viewed and order directly on the photographer’s site at www.gradimages.com. Students are under no obligation to purchase any photos.
Support the White Coat Program
Please celebrate your connection to DMU and these future fellow health care professionals by becoming a White Coat Program supporter. You will be a hero to DMU students and underscore the professional responsibility and dedication the white coat symbolizes. You also will inspire students to one day become heroes, too, with their own support of this wonderful tradition.
Please make your gift before the White Coat Ceremony to support the first-year white coat recipients. Students will be made aware of your generous gift.