The VCU School of Dentistry’s White Coat Ceremony symbolizes dental and dental hygiene students’ entrance into the health-care profession of dentistry and marks their transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences.
This year's ceremony will take place Friday, March 1 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Ballroom 21a. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
Each member in the D.D.S. Class of 2021 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2020 will receive 5 tickets for invited friends and family to join them in celebrating this important event. Students do not need a ticket to enter.
Students should arrive no later than 1:15 p.m. with their white coats pressed and ready for presentation. Students should enter the Convention Center at the corner of 5th and Marshall streets. Upon arrival, proceed to the Governor's Room which is located just outside the Ballroom. Dress code for the men - dress shirt and tie with dress slacks, for the ladies - nice dress or sweater/blouse and dress slacks.
Guests should proceed to Ballroom 21a to locate seating. Based on seating capacity and fire safety regulations, all invited guests must have a ticket to enter the Ballroom.
Tickets will be distributed Monday, Feb. 25 outside the Crockett Lounge from 12 - 2 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your tickets during that time, please see Cindy Cheely in the Dean’s Office (Lyons 450) any time before Friday, March 1 to pick up your tickets.
I, as a member of the dental profession, will keep this pledge and these stipulations.
I understand and accept that my primary responsibility is to my patients, and I shall dedicate myself to render, to the best of my ability, the highest standard of oral health care and to maintain a relationship of respect and confidence. Therefore, let all come to me safe in the knowledge that their total health and well-being are my first considerations.
I shall accept the responsibility that, as a professional, my competence rests on continuing the attainment of knowledge and skill in the arts and sciences of dentistry.
I acknowledge my obligation to support and sustain the honor and integrity of the profession, and to conduct myself in all endeavors such that I shall merit the respect of patients, colleagues and my community. I further commit myself to the betterment of my community for the benefit of all of society.
I shall faithfully observe the Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct set forth by the profession.
All this I pledge with pride in my commitment to the profession and the public which it serves.
— Written by VCU faculty member Robert Strauss and a group of VCU students in 1990; adopted by the American Dental Association
Congratulations on your upcoming matriculation into the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.
We have set up a website for incoming students on the School of Dentistry intranet. You will find information on required reading and tasks to be completed prior to coming to school.
The School of Dentistry intranet is password protected. If you have not retrieved your eID, go to the the VCU eID finder website, supply your V Number and your birthdate and click find. Once you have your eID, create your password and choose backup security questions.
We look forward to your becoming a part of the history and tradition of excellent dental practitioners representing the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.