Annual Events

Incoming Student Information

General information

Rehearsal: Friday, July 24, 2020 from 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Date of Event: Friday, July 24, 2020 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: Are required and will be distributed during orientation week and will also be available at the box office the day of the event; there is no limit to the number of tickets and no charge.

Arrival times: Students must arrive for the ceremony at Centennial Hall no later than 4:15 PM. Report backstage to your assigned dressing room. Do not bring any personal belongings backstage. This area is not secure.

Doors open at 4:00 PM for guests.


Professional attire is required:

  • When attending a white coat ceremony, remember that you should dress in a professional manner. Dressing professionally does not mean that you have to be in a coat and tie but you should look presentable.
  • The most common form of dress for men should be a shirt and tie. Typically, a coat is not necessary. Women can wear a dress, business suit, or a blouse with a skirt or slacks. If you are not too sure of what to wear, attending in business casual dress would be appropriate.
  • Please refrain from casual attire. Please do not wear jeans, sneakers, t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, or any other casual clothing. For women, it would not be appropriate to wear a sexy, strappy dress or a very short skirt. 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 those being honored.
  • Please do not bring backpacks, handbags or other valuables backstage. Leave these with family, friends or in your car.
  • Any items left backstage will be taken to the Centennial Hall Courtesy Desk. You will need to contact the hall manager, Tadj Hodges, at 520-626-4591 or to arrange to pick up. Keep in mind that the hall locks up 30 minutes after our ceremony ends.
Ceremony time

The ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes and is followed by the Family and Friends reception on the plaza in front of the hall.


There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite; tickets are distributed to students during orientation week,  or can be picked up at the box office the day of the event. Please encourage your guests to arrive early; the processional will begin promptly at 5:00pm. If guests arrive during the processional, they will be asked to remain in the lobby until faculty and students are seated.

Handicap Parking

If you need a handicap parking space for yourself or a family member, please email Kristie Bowen at by July 20. We will not be able to accommodate requests after this date. We can only reserve one space per student, as the number of spaces available is limited.

Society mentors

Welcome to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson campus, and welcome to the Societies Program!

Our Societies Program is a Learning Community. Learning Communities are a growing trend in the medical school environment, supporting students’ learning, advising and mentoring with longitudinal faculty and peer relationships. Your Society mentor and your peer group will ensure your clinical skills develop at a rapid pace by examining real patients in our hospitals whose medical problems correlate with what you are learning in the basic science blocks. As part of the Doctor and Patient: Integrating the Art and Science of Medicine block, you will learn under expert tutelage how to take accurate medical histories, perform comprehensive physical examinations, think clinically, present patients orally and write history and physicals.

The longitudinal feedback provided by your mentor will be instrumental as you reach your full potential. Additionally, your society mentor will be your general career advisor and your first point of contact for many of your needs while in medical school. Our mentors know medicine, they know our school, they know the curriculum, and they will get to know you very well! In the spirit of the Societies Program, each mentor will coat his/her students during the White Coat Ceremony.