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7th Annual White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony was established in 1993 by Dr. Arthur Gold at Columbia University as a way to signify to students the importance of compassionate care in their work with patients. At the request of our students, NUNM adopted this ceremony in 2013. We invite you to join us as we mark this important rite of passage in our students’ journey to becoming exceptional naturopathic physicians.

Date and Location

Sept. 13, 2019 | 10:30 a.m.
NUNM, 049 SW Porter St., Room 310, Bill Mitchell Hall
Reception to follow in the Min Zidell Healing Garden across from the main entrance to NUNM on SW Porter St.

Map and Directions

White Coat Order Deadline

To participate, please order NUNM white coats no later than July 24, 2019. The survey contains size charts for coats, but you may also try on a white coat at the NUNM student store (1st floor, north wing of the main academic building) before ordering. Students may not use non-NUNM-logo lab coats in the clinic.

Order Your White Coat

White Coat Pick Up

You must bring your white coat with you to the ceremony. You will receive instructions closer to orientation as to where and when to pick up your coats.

Student Professional Attire for the White Coat Ceremony

  • Professional attire and your new white coat is required.
  • The most common forms of attire are shirt and tie, dress, suit without a jacket (it won’t fit under your white coat) or a blouse with a skirt or slacks. If you are not sure of what to wear, attending in business casual attire would be appropriate.
  • Please refrain from casual attire. Please do not wear jeans, sneakers, t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, or any other casual clothing. Flip flops should not be worn.
  • This ritual is held in the presence of faculty, administration, and family members and is considered a rite of passage. Therefore, it is important to dress properly for this occasion as it is a very special day for all those being honored.

Ceremony Arrival

The day of the ceremony, please meet at 9:45 a.m. in Room 301 to receive your ceremonial line-up and instructions. Bring, but do not wear your NUNM white coat.

Family and Friends

Please arrive no earlier than 9:30 a.m., as Mitchell Hall will be in use until that time.


Families and friends are welcome to park in the following lots (no visitor passes will be required that day).

  • Non-numbered spaces in the east and west lots of the Academic Building (049 SW Porter St.), entrances on SW Porter St.
  • NUNM Health Centers parking lot, across from the Academic Building, entrance on SW Porter St.
  • The lot at Water Ave./Ross Island Bridge exit, south of the red house), entrance on Water Ave.
  • The lot on the corner of SW Meade St. and SW Naito Pkwy, across from the Minh Chau Garden, north of the Administration Building. Entrance on SW Meade St.
  • You may also park on the street for up to two hours.

For questions, please contact: