2024 White Coat Ceremony

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, February 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Altria Theater. Parking for the theater is located in either of two VCU parking decks, the West Main Street Deck or the Cary Street Deck

Each member in the D.D.S. Class of 2026 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2025 will receive five (5) tickets for invited friends and family to join them in celebrating this important event. Students participating in the ceremony do not need a ticket to enter/attend.

The doors to the theater will open at 1:00 p.m. for family and guests. Students should arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. with their white coats pressed and ready for presentation. Students should enter the theater from the main entrance off Laurel St. 

  • Dress code for the men: Dress shirt and tie with dress slacks. 
  • Dress code for the women: Nice dress or blouse and dress slacks.  

Upon arrival, proceed to the ballroom which is located down one level from the theater. Guests should proceed to the theater to find seating.

Tickets will be distributed Monday, February 19 outside the Crockett Lounge from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 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, February 23 to pick up your tickets.

36th Annual Mirmelstein Ethics Lecture 

Date: Friday, February 23
Time: 9-11 a.m. (With breakfast served beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
Location: Larrick Court End Ballroom
900 Turpin St, Richmond, VA 23219
Speaker: Dr. Theresa Gonzales
Presentation title: Ethics and Professionalism: The View from 100 X - A Pathologist’s Perspective

All D3, D4, DH3 and DH4 students are required to attend. Faculty, staff, and residents are highly encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is required for all attendees. However, all external and internal rotations will continue as planned and currently scheduled. 

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Our Speaker

Dr. Theresa Gonzales

Dr. Gonzales is recognized as an award-winning educator and federal healthcare executive. She recently returned to full time academic healthcare after  completing five years of service as the Executive Director of the American College of Dentists. Previously, she served as the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Strategic Communication at the Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine (MUSC CDM). For more than four decades, she has delivered educational experiences on five continents to both civilian and military populations.