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The White Coat Ceremony is an annual tradition marking the matriculating class of students entering the dental profession.  It celebrates the choice to pursue a life in service to the health of society.  During the Ceremony, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry deans and faculty members cloak students in their first white coat as a symbol of of the trust bestowed upon them to carry on the healing profession on dentistry. 

The 2017 ceremony will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5 pm at the UIC Student Center West Thompson Rooms.  A reception will be held immediately after the ceremony at the College of Dentistry. The Ceremony will acknowledge and honor the DMD Class of 2021 and DMD Advanced Standing Class of 2019 students as they affirm their commitment to professionalism, humanism, integrity and ethics in dentistry.

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White Coat Ceremony 2017

The UIC College of Dentistry 2017 White Coat Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, September 22, 2017.  The Ceremony will take place in the Thompson Rooms at the UIC Student Center West.  A reception is scheduled immediately to follow the ceremony hosted at the UIC College of Dentistry.    Please contact Assistant Director of Student and Diversity Affairs Angelica Alvarez or Director of Student and Diversity Affairs Millie Mendez for more information. 



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Millie Mendez
Director of Student and Diversity Affairs
801 S. Paulina Street, Room 104A
(312) 413-1209

Angelica Alvarez
Assistant Director of Student and Diversity Affairs
801 S. Paulina Street, Room 104
(312) 355-5259

Alumni Words of Wisdom

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We invite our alumni and faculty to participate in a new tradition at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry of providing words of wisdom to the next generation of dentist.  Your words will provide inspiration and encouragement as our future alumni don their coats before faculty, family and friends, and take an oath affirming their commitment to the highest standards of ethics in patient care.  

Keep scrolling to find out how to become a white coat sponsor for a 2017 White Coat participant! 

Sponsor a White Coat


You are invited to become a 2017 White Coat Sponsor and contribute to the success and journey of the next generation of UIC dentists. You have an opportunity to support our students as they transition into oral health care professionals. The sponsorship of a coat is also a message of encouragement from the alumni before them. Sponsors' names will be listed as donors in the White Coat Ceremony program book and will also have the opportunity to provide an inspirational message or words or wisdom to be included in the book.