School of Medicine to welcome incoming medical students Friday

The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will host its annual White Coat Ceremony Friday, July 26, during which 80 incoming medical students will be presented with the white coats and medical instruments that will serve them throughout their medical school careers.

The Class of 2023 includes students from a variety of backgrounds, including an attorney, a national champion baton twirler, a former coal miner and numerous college athletes.

The cloaking of a student with the white coat, a tradition first instituted at Marshall University in 1996, symbolizes a lifelong commitment to quality patient care and service.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington.