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White Coat Ceremony
Event Type:Featured Event
Location:Greater Richmond Convention Center, Ballroom 21a
Friday, February 21, 2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Academic,Featured Events
Cindy Cheely
(804) 828-9953

The VCU School of Dentistry’s White Coat Ceremony symbolizes dental and dental hygiene students’ entrance into the health-care profession of dentistry and marks their transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences.

Faculty members find it a privilege to present second-year dental students and junior dental hygiene students with their white clinic jacket. The presentation will conclude with students taking the professional pledge. This year's ceremony will take place Friday, Feb. 21 from 2-4 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center  in Ballroom 21a.

We are excited to offer each member in the DDS Class of 2016 and DH Class of 2015 tickets for invited friends and family. Each member of the class will receive 4 tickets for individuals to join them in this important celebration. Students do not need a ticket to enter.

Tickets will be distributed Monday, Feb. 17 outside the Crockett Lounge from 12-2 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your tickets during that time, please see Cindy Cheely in the Dean’s Office (Lyons 450) any time before Friday to pick up your tickets.

Be sure your guests have their tickets when they arrive for the event. Based on seating capacity and fire safety regulations, all invited guests must have a ticket to enter the Ballroom.  

Students are encouraged to send an announcement of this event to immediate family members who are welcome to come and share in this experience.

Students may register guests online  through the student and faculty intranet. The deadline to register guests is Monday, Jan. 13.

Register guests >>

Help us inspire our next generation of alumni 

For the first time, alumni of the VCU School of Dentistry are being invited to donate to our General Scholarship Fund in honor of our white coat ceremony.

Donors of $1,000 or more will have the opportunity to write notes of inspiration which will be given to students during the white coat ceremony.

Give now


About the speaker: Michael R. Ragan, D.M.D., J.D., L.L.M.

Micheal R. Ragan, D.M.D., J.D., L.L.M.,will be speaking about ethics and the dental profession.  He is a partner in a Miami based law firm with 25 years of experience as a defense trial attorney.  After receiving his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, he received a D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine,a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and an L.L.M. in Health Law from Loyola University College of Law.

Dr. Ragan is presently adjunct professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine. Ragan practiced dentistry for fifteen years and also spent seven years supervising healthcare professional liability claims within the insurance industry. Dr. Ragan is honored to be speaking to the students this year.

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