The white coat ceremony is meant to signify the importance of entry into a professional program and has been used for years at entry into medical and veterinary schools. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your achievement.

We want to encourage everyone to ask a DVM that has made a difference to them to present their coat, as that will make the ceremony a more memorable experience for everyone. Our goal is for each student to have their own coater whom they have chosen.

Dress for this event is professional, so clothing such as shirt and ties or suits for gentlemen, and suits or skirts for the ladies would be appropriate.

Sponsors for this event are generously paying for your new white coats for the ceremony! You can determine your size by using the Sizing Chart (one for men and one for women) on the RSVP.

C.Y. Stephens Auditorium, located in the Iowa State Center, is the venue for the event. The ceremony is relatively short and should only take around an hour and fifteen minutes.

You may bring as many guests as you like. Tickets are not necessary. The ceremony is FREE, so please encourage your family and friends to attend.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  When you complete the RSVP, you will be asked how many guests will be at the ceremony AND how many plan to attend the reception after the ceremony.

Your coater needs to bring their own white coat. They can be purchased from any uniform supply business. They may also contact our SAVMA Bookstore ( if they wish to purchase one from there. If choosing the latter option, please plan to order at least 2 weeks before the date of the ceremony.

The reception will consist of desserts, so please take the time to have dinner before the ceremony. As new and returning students will be back in Ames the weekend of the ceremony, please leave ample time if you plan to eat at a restaurant as they most likely will be very busy.  If you prefer to have dinner after the ceremony and not attend the reception, that is fine.  We need you to indicate how many people will attend the reception so that we can have an accurately order food.

Stephens Auditorium is a separate building within the Iowa State Center complex, and can be accessed either via University Boulevard or Lincoln Way. Further directions to the event will be given during fall orientation. There is ample parking across the street from the auditorium.

You are welcome to contact Dr. Monica Howard (515-294-0391 or if there are further questions.