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White Coat Ceremony

This symbolic event welcomes the medical students into the profession of medicine and emphasizes the importance of compassionate care for the patient as well as scientific proficiency. Students will recite an oath, which represents their public acknowledgment of the responsibilities of the profession and their willingness to assume such obligations in the presence of their family, friends and the Geisinger Commonwealth community. In addition, all students will be cloaked with the white coat — the mantle of the medical profession — in a hands-on experience that symbolizes the bonding process between physician and patient.

Each year, a speaker is invited to give The Dr. Lester Saidman Memorial Lecture at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony.

White coats are provided by The Stanley J. Dudrick, MD, FACS, and Alan G. Goldstein Endowed Fund.

MD Class of 2025 White Coat Ceremony

Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, 1 p.m. EDT

Location: The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton, PA 18505 (Directions)

The Dr. Lester Saidman Memorial Lecture: John Farrell, MD, assistant professor of radiology

COVID-19 guidelines

Please note this event is contingent on current COVID-19 event guidelines.

Masks are not required for vaccinated* individuals. (*People are considered fully vaccinated: At least two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or at least two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.)

Unvaccinated individuals must remain masked throughout the event and observe social distancing when possible.


Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, MD Class of 2025 students are limited to four guests and should RSVP here. To inquire about more guests, call Kara Badyrka at 570-504-9065. Tickets will not be distributed, however seats will be pre-assigned. Guests will be directed to seats the afternoon of the event. 

Faculty, staff and current students should call Kara Badyrka at 570-504-9065 to RSVP.

The RSVP deadline for all who wish to attend is Wednesday, Aug. 4.


Amble parking is available at the venue, including accessible parking spots. To get from the parking lot into the venue, accommodations will be available for those with limited mobility.

Photography and video

Professional photographers will be capturing this event and a link to the photo gallery will be posted on this page approximately one to two weeks after the event. 

This event will not be live streamed. A recording of the full ceremony will be available on our YouTube channel and posted on this page approximately one to two weeks after the event.