Media Advisory: UB’s medical school holds its 177th White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2027

Glass exterior of Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Fun fact: Multiple sets of twins are embarking on their medical careers in this class

Release Date: August 3, 2023


BUFFALO, N.Y. – The 184 students of the Class of 2027 of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo will receive their white coats on Friday, Aug. 4, beginning at 3 p.m. in Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, 650 Main St., Buffalo.

Best time for photos: Students will begin to be “coated” at approximately 3:45 p.m.

Of the 184 students, 163 are from New York State and 45 earned their undergraduate degrees from UB. The class includes three sets of twins and one pair of siblings.

All students take the Oath of Medicine at the ceremony.

During the “calling of the class,” students will be called to the stage individually to be presented with their coat while their undergraduate institution and hometown is identified by Dori Marshall, MD, director of medical school admissions in the Jacobs School.

Speakers include Allison Brashear, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School.

The keynote address will be given by Samantha Bordonaro, MD, assistant dean for student and academic affairs in the Jacobs School and assistant professor of emergency medicine.

The white coat ceremony is a symbolic rite of passage shared by medical students across the U.S. to establish a psychological contract for professionalism and empathy in the practice of medicine.


Media Contact Information

Ellen Goldbaum
News Content Manager
Tel: 716-645-4605