White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony- Class of 2018


Words of wisdom, inspiration, advice - and a new white coat!  

The White Coat Ceremony is a meaningful, annual Graduate School tradition at Augusta University.  Each incoming PhD student is presented with a white coat marking their entry into their PhD program and as a symbol of the high standards of professionalism expected as a student and throughout their careers. The program includes remarks from special guests and Graduate School faculty award winners who reflect on the fundamental values of honesty, integrity and professionalism in relation to their own personal experiences and career path.  

The 2019 Ceremony and Reception

When: October 19, 2019  (Saturday)
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: The Alumni Center 

Guest Speakers: 

Rudolf Lucas, PhD
Professor Pharmacology and Toxicology
Vascular Biology Center, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

Slyvia Smith, PhD, FARVO
Regents’ Professor and Chair, Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy



A brunch reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Garden Room at the Alumni Center.  All attendees are invited.  Join us for some great food, fun and friendship- and to congratulate our 1st year PhD students!

Student Instructions 

We ask all students to please arrive no later than 9:15 am.  Line up starts at 9:30 am and the processional begins promptly at 10:00 am.  The dress attire is business casual. 

View the Photos from the 2018 Ceremony