Class of 2025 White Coat Ceremony

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The College of Veterinary Medicine invites you to the white coat celebration for the Class of 2025.

This event honors and celebrates our incoming class as they begin their veterinary medical journey.

Thank you to our event sponsor, Nestlé Purina Petcare. 

Event Location

The Linda Ronstadt Music Hall at the Tucson Convention Center

Address: 260 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701

Directions to Tucson Convention Center

Parking Information

Tucson Convention Center Lot A

Address: S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Directions to Parking Lot A

*Parking is available for a fee.

About the White Coat Ceremony

The white coat ceremony has become an academic ritual in the health professions: a ceremony that signals a transformation of status from an ordinary student to one studying to become a health professional. While donning the white coat is a sign of a changed role, the white coat is also a powerful symbol of transformation. White symbolizes purity, and the white coat symbolizes the purity of purpose being affirmed in becoming a health professional. The white coat symbolizes an affirmation on the part of an aspiring veterinarian that their purpose will be pure and that they can be trusted to honor the tradition of the learned professions in placing the interest of patients above self. Absent an emphasis on the symbolic nature of the white coat ceremony, it can simply become an opportunity to publicly congratulate individuals for their success in gaining entrance to the study of veterinary medicine. 


Tickets are not required for entrance. 

Dress Code

Summer business casual wear is encouraged for guests, students and mentors. 

Clear Bag Policy

The Tucson Music Hall has a Clear Bag Policy. Bags larger than 14″ x 16″ will not be permitted through the security zone. Guests entering any facility in the Tucson Convention Center are subject to search at the discretion of management. Tucson Convention Center does not provide storage for any confiscated baggage.


Livestream the event


All attendees are welcome to join the College of Veterinary Medicine for a brief reception following the event. More details will be provided.

General Information and Assistance

Staff and student volunteers can answer questions and assist during the event. These volunteers will wear red shirts with the College of Veterinary Medicine logo. Please feel free to stop them for information or to introduce yourselves.

Please note: The White Coat Ceremony is live-streamed, photographed, and recorded. Your attendance at White Coat confirms your willingness to appear in video, photographs, and recordings and releases The University of Arizona from all liability in connection therewith.


Tucson Convention Center offers convenient facilities and features for persons with disabilities. Please call 520.791.4101 during business hours or see a Guest Service representative for assistance during events.

For our guests with disabilities, we recommend accessible parking in Lot C off Granada between Cushing and Congress if you are attending an event in the Tucson Music Hall.

If you have questions about access or requesting any disability-related accommodations for this event, such as ASL interpreting, closed-captioning, wheelchair access, electronic text, etc., please contact Katie Beringson.  

4 to 6 p.m., Aug. 19, 2022