The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix welcomed the Class of 2026 in a white coat ceremony Friday, July 15. The ceremony signaled more than just the start of the students’ journey to a medical degree. Donning their white coats for the first time was a symbol of each student’s commitment and lifelong dedication to advocacy, professionalism and patient-centered care.
In front of family, friends and faculty, the Class of 2026 became the 16th class to enter the UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. During the ceremony, the students recited their class oath and received a personalized white coat, stethoscope and “The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach to Differential Diagnosis” textbook.
“Class of 2026, this is a joyous occasion that will hold a special place in your memory for years to come,” said Guy L. Reed, MD, MS, dean of the UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. “Wearing this coat marks your commitment to serving communities and individuals with a combination of wisdom and genuine compassion.”
A version of this story was originally published on the UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix website.