The White Coat Ceremony was first introduced at Marshall in 1996. It is considered a rite of passage for first-year students and is designed to instill the values of professionalism, humanism and compassionate care.
Among this year’s class of students are a 54-year-old who recently received her undergraduate degree, a former missionary worker who survived a serious earthquake in Chile, a veteran who boxed during his collegiate career at West Point and four students who all play the violin.
Some interesting statistics about the Class of 2019 include the following:
- 62 percent of the class are West Virginia residents
- 83 percent were science majors
- Average age is 24 years
- 27 percent are first-generation college graduates
Photo: Dr. Jay R. Lakhani (left), assistant professor of pediatrics and the keynote speaker for this year’s White Coat Ceremony, congratulates Matthew Bruner upon receiving his white coat.