CMU College of Medicine convocation and white-coat ceremony

Press availability at 1:30 p.m. for Aug. 4 event
CMU College of Medicine

Editor’s note: This release has been updated to reflect that reporters can observe the white-coat ceremony from a designated area.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich., July 30, 2013 — The CMU College of Medicine welcomes its inaugural class of 64 students in an invitation-only convocation and white-coat ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 4.

Variations of white-coat ceremonies are performed at most medical schools, and it’s a tradition the CMU College of Medicine will embrace as it begins its mission of preparing physicians to serve central and northern Michigan with a ceremony at the CMU Events Center in McGuirk Arena. Fifty-seven members of the first class are Michigan natives, including four from the Upper Peninsula. Eleven are CMU alumni.

“As the only medical school in Michigan training doctors to address the needs of residents and families living in more rural regions, we selected students with a passion for medically underserved communities,” said Ernie Yoder, dean of CMU’s College of Medicine.

Students, faculty and deans will be available to the press beginning about 1:30 p.m. in the atrium area of the CMU Events Center. No media outlet can photograph or videotape the convocation, but reporters can observe this special moment for students from a designated area in the Events Center as long as they RSVP by 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 (see media contact information).

Quick notes

What: Inaugural convocation and white coat ceremony for the CMU College of Medicine. Sixty-four students make up the first class. The ceremony is by invitation only.

When: Sunday, Aug. 4.

Where: CMU Events Center – McGuirk Arena

Press: Students, faculty and deans will be available at the conclusion of the event, about 1:30 pm.