White Coat Ceremony

Friday, August 19
6:00 p.m. PST

Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox
1001 W. Sprague Avenue, Spokane

photo of student getting their white coat

Join us as we welcome our MD Class of 2026 to the medical community!

The White Coat Ceremony signifies the beginning of a student doctor’s journey as a medical professional. When the white coat is placed on their shoulders, they are committing to prioritize compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care from the very first day.

Celebrate this milestone as our students transition to physician leaders, joining us in-person at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox or virtually on our livestream. If joining in-person, please use the RSVP form below.

Ceremony Speaker

Judi Marcin, MD, MFA
Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Vancouver Campus

Dr. Marcin will be giving the annual reflections on the White Coat speech at this year’s ceremony. Dr. Marcin joined the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in February 2020. Having attended medical school and residency in rural Illinois, she holds a particular interest in the inclusive care of rural, underserved and marginalized populations, along with a deep appreciation for community based medical education.

With her background in creative writing and the humanities, she prioritizes exploring the connections between the sciences and the arts.

Student Social Center

Incoming students may find everything needed to begin their journey with the college at this social center hub.

Fox Theater

The Fox theater is located at 1001 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201.

Parking

Parking in downtown Spokane can be problematic for evening events. Please plan plenty of time to park. Metered parking is available around the Fox Theater as well as several paid parking lots including:

  • Davenport Garage – At Post and First
  • Friendly Parking – South of Carr Electric on Monroe
  • Parking West Garage (Spokane Club) – At Sprague and Madison
  • Lincoln Building – On Lincoln between Riverside and Main
  • River Park Square Garage – At Post and Spokane Falls
  • Diamond Lot – On West Main, adjacent to the Riverside Event Center

Photography

After receiving your white coat on stage you will be directed to get a professional photo taken before returning to your seat. An email with further information will be provided to students with details on purchasing professional white coat photos.

COVID-19 Policy

Proof of vaccination is currently not required for those attending events. Masks are optional for all attendees and will be available at the entrance.

Graduates and guests will be required to follow COVID-19 restrictions set forth by The Fox as well as any university, state, and federal guidelines in effect at the time of the ceremony.