Convocation and Orientation

2015 White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony

Sunday, July 17, 2016, marks the beginning of your medical education at Wright State University. 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 at the Convocation and the White Coat Ceremony. The event kicks off Orientation Week.

Members of the Class of 2020 will check in for picture taking and refreshments provided by the Boonshoft School of Medicine Alumni Association at 12:30 p.m. At the 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. There is no limit on the number of guests you may invite. The official ceremony begins at 2 p.m.

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.

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 2019

About the Schuster Center

Convocation takes place in late 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 02/03/2016.