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White Coat Ceremony

Saturday, October 10, 2015White Coat Ceremony

10 a.m. in the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines.

For students entering the osteopathic, podiatric, physical therapy and physician assistant programs.

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. Students don the white jacket as a class, and then are recognized individually by the president, dean and faculty as they walk across the stage.

At our ceremony, the incoming classes also sign the University’s Professional Integrity Code initiated by students in 1998. At Des Moines University, the development of an individual who will serve as an exemplary member of a health care profession requires compliance with the provisions of the values of the Professional Integrity Code in all aspects of the life of the student. The signed pledge is visible on campus as a daily reminder to students to strive for excellence and honorable behavior.

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.

Preorder flowers today!

Sigma Sigma Phi, DMU’s Osteopathic Honor Society, will be selling flowers at the White Coat Ceremony.  To ensure your student receives flowers on this special day, preorders can be sent to  Please include your student’s name and the size order you’d like.  Prices are as follows:

  • 1 dozen red roses: TBD
  • ½ dozen red roses: TBD

Please plan to bring a check payable to “Des Moines University” or cash to the ceremony where you can pick up your flowers in the main lobby of the Civic Center.

Flowers will also be sold the day of but cannot be guaranteed.


Grad Images will photograph each student during the ceremony. Proofs will be sent to student’s preferred address on file in the Registrar’s Office so they have the option to select and order photos. Additional photos may be viewed and order directly on the photographer’s site at 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 on October 10, 2015 to support the 2015 first year white coat recipients. Students will be made aware of your generous gift.

Make a Gift to the White Coat Program