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White Coat CeremonySaturday, August 24, 2013

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 on Saturday, August 24.  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: $25
  • ½ dozen red roses: $15

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.