Convocation and Orientation

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Sunday, July 26, 2015, marks the first official step in your medical education at Wright State University: Convocation and the White Coat Ceremony. Surrounded by family and friends in the spectacular Schuster Performing Arts Center, new students receive the symbol of their chosen profession — the white coat — and take their first oath of professional medical ethics.

Members of the Class of 2019 will check in for picture taking at 12:30 p.m., and will enjoy refreshments provided by the Boonshoft School of Medicine Alumni Association and get acquainted with other matriculating students. At same time, family members and guests are invited to attend an orientation program. After a brief welcome and short video, key school administrators will meet with your family in an informal question and answer session. The formal ceremony begins at 2 p.m. (Please note the time change.)

Professionalism and the Honor Code

Entering medical school is the start of your career as a physician in the profession of medicine. During your medical education, we will emphasize the professional attributes and core values that should be present in the learning environment and manifested by our students. In keeping with the school's emphasis on professionalism, the Medical School Student Council has adopted an Honor Code at Boonshoft School of Medicine. Written by medical students, this Code outlines the characteristics deemed necessary for the development of compassionate and responsible physicians. As part of the Convocation and White Coat Ceremony, all students sign the Medical Student Professional Honor Code. As the professional behavior described in the Honor Code is expected of all students, it is important for you, as a new member of this community, to commit yourself to these standards. Please take time to read and reflect on it before Convocation.

Orientation, tours, team building and more

Friday, July 24, will be the first day of orientation events. Although attendance is not mandatory, you and interested family members are encouraged to come to campus for tours led by second year medical students.  The tours will start from the Boonshoft School of Medicine building atrium at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. There is no need to sign up, just show up! You will get your ID cards and parking passes, and visit the bookstore while on tour. Plus, your family will be able to see the campus, where you will be spending so much of your time. For those of you who can't make the Friday tour, don't worry. There will be time allotted Monday afternoon for you to get your IDs and parking passes.

On Friday evening, you'll socialize with other medical students, faculty and staff, at the Ice Cream Social, from 5-7 p.m., at White Hall. This will be a great opportunity to meet your classmates for the first time. It also will allow you to introduce your parents to Boonshoft School of Medicine. Orientation begins in earnest on Monday, July 27, starting with breakfast in the atrium of the Boonshoft School of Medicine building, which is also known as White Hall.

Teamwork and the Challenge Course

Another highlight of Orientation Week will be a day of team building on the Wright State Challenge Course, featuring an outdoor climbing and rappelling tower and a low ropes course. You'll also learn about dual-degree programs, volunteer opportunities and medical student clubs and organizations you can join. This week will include an introduction to our innovative teaching style, team-based learning.

Your transition into medical school is very important to us. If there is anything we can do to help you make it easier, please let us know by contacting Admissions at (937) 775-3762 or emailing us at

Slideshow of Convocation for the Class of 2018

About the Schuster Center

Convocation takes place on the last Sunday in July, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 West Second St., Dayton, OH 45402. Due to construction downtown, the most current information about getting to the Schuster Center is on the center’s website.

Last edited on 06/24/2015.