The Office of Student Affairs plans and support all university-sponsored student programs including the White Coat Ceremony, Orientation Week and Convocation, to name a few.


Key Events

White Coat Ceremony

The orientation program includes a white coat ceremony and welcoming reception inspired by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation was established to recognize and promote physicians who demonstrate both scientific excellence and devotion to comprehensive patient care. The white coat is a symbol used to express and/or reaffirm our dedication to preserving humanism in medicine. The ceremony is a ritualized event to define a shared interpretation. The white coat provides the milieu for becoming a physician.

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The annual SOM Commencement Ceremony is held to specifically acknowledge the accomplishments of graduating medical students. Students, parents, faculty and guests are invited to the ceremony, which is held at the Rowan University Green, and followed by a reception. During this event, students and faculty are presented with honors and awards, including:

  • Certificates of Honor for outstanding achievement awarded by departments;
  • The Dean’s Award for outstanding academic achievement to a member of the class;
  • The President's Award;
  • New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons Award for Excellence in Osteopathic Medicine;
  • Dean’s Special Recognition Award;
  • Alumni Association Leadership Award;
  • Community Service Award; and the
  • Golden Apple awards from the class to faculty for excellence in teaching;



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