Welcome to the Profession of Dentistry!

The White Coat Ceremony is an annual tradition marking the matriculating class of students entering the dental profession.  It celebrates the choice to pursue a life in service to the health of society.  During the Ceremony, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry deans and faculty members cloak students in their first white coat as a symbol of of the trust bestowed upon them to carry on the healing profession on dentistry. 

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 White Coat Ceremony and Reception will be postponed until Spring 2021.  

The Ceremony will acknowledge and honor the DMD Class of 2024 and DMD Advanced Standing Class of 2022 students as they affirm their commitment to professionalism, humanism, integrity and ethics in dentistry.  A reception will be held immediately after the ceremony and is open to all students, faculty and guests.  The reception will feature pastries, beverages, live music and photo opportunities.

The ceremony will begin promptly at 5:30pm.  Doors will open at 5:15pm for general seating, seating will be provided on a first come, first served basis.  Parking will be available the Maxwell Street Parking Structure for a fee.   

Want to Support the Incoming Class?

Sponsor a White Coat



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Ms. Carolyn Feller
Director of Student and Diversity Affairs
801 South Paulina Street, Room 104D

Ms. Braulia Espinosa
Director of Student and Diversity Affairs
801 South Paulina Street, Room 104C

Ms. Laura Macias
Admissions Specialist
801 South Paulina Street, Room 104


Words of Wisdom

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We invite our alumni and faculty to participate in a new tradition at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry of providing words of wisdom to the next generation of dentist.  Your words will provide inspiration and encouragement as our future alumni don their coats before faculty, family and friends, and take an oath affirming their commitment to the highest standards of ethics in patient care.  

Keep scrolling to find out how to become a white coat sponsor for a 2019 White Coat participant! 

Sponsor a White Coat


You are invited to become a 2019 White Coat Sponsor and contribute to the success and journey of the next generation of UIC dentists. You have an opportunity to support our students as they transition into oral health care professionals. The sponsorship of a coat is also a message of encouragement from the alumni before them. Sponsors' names will be listed as donors in the White Coat Ceremony program book and will also have the opportunity to provide an inspirational message or words or wisdom to be included in the book.