UMSOD Ceremonies

UMSOD White Coat Ceremony ‌

The White Coat Ceremony represents the opportunity for students to articulate their commitment to their chosen profession of dentistry or dental hygiene. The ceremony formally symbolizes the transition to clinical patient care. Doctor of Dental Surgery and Dental Hygiene students participate in the White Coat Ceremony by taking the oath once they transition to clinic.‌ ‌

Some information about upcoming White Coat Ceremonies: UMSOD Ceremonies

Honoring the Doctor of Dental Surgery, Class of 2021 and Dental Hygiene, Class of 2020 ‌
Schedule of Events

The White Coat Ceremony for the DDS Class of 2021 and DHYG Class of 2020 will be held on Monday, September 16, 2019, 5:30 p.m. in Leadership Hall (685 W. Baltimore Street) in the Medical School Teaching Facility (MSTF).  During this event, UMSOD students will be welcomed to the profession as colleagues in training in the clinics. The ceremony will include remarks from alumni and guest speakers. Members of the faculty will present students with their white coat.

The UMSOD welcomes family and friends to share in this important event with their student. Each student will be given a limited number of tickets to the ceremony.   

We ask that students submit all RSVPs (you and your guest(s)) via this link: White Coat 2019 Registration by Monday, September 2.

Ceremony schedule

 Time                     Activity

                              Leadership Hall opens to Guests
5 p.m.                    685 W. Baltimore St.
                              Baltimore, MD  21201 

4:45 p.m.               Students Requested to Arrive

5:30 p.m.               White Coat Ceremony Begins 

7 p.m.                    Light Reception in MSTF Atrium

Parking and Accommodations

For more information about parking, please visit the campus parking website. In addition, please find campus maps and a list of local hotels.

Please contact Dr. Kate Noonan, Senior Director, Special Projects for the Dean or 410-706-7989.


Throughout the academic year, the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) hosts various events to recognize its ‌students and the contributions they are making ‌to the Dental School, the UMB campus, and the Baltimore community. Please refer to this website regularly for information about upcoming UMSOD student ceremonies, such as the UMSOD Honors Convocation and the UMSOD White Coat Ceremony. 

UMSOD Graduates
UMB Commencement and UMSOD Honors Convocation

Graduation events include: The University of Maryland, Baltimore Commencement Ceremony, a UMB graduate get-together known as Party in the Park, UMSOD Honors Convocation and a celebration to follow at the School of Dentistry. The UMSOD invites degree candidates to celebrate all graduation ceremonies with family, friends, classmates, faculty, staff, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore community.

Some important dates for the Class of 2019:

University of Maryland, Baltimore Commencement Ceremony: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Commencement is a ceremony for all UMB 2019 graduates. UMSOD diplomas will be distributed immediately following the ceremony. Commencement will be held at The Royal Farms Arena (Baltimore Arena, 201 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201). Additional information about the 2019 Commencement will be announced soon.

“Party in the Park”

Immediately following UMB Commencement, UMSOD graduates join other UMB graduates for a festive university-wide celebration.

UMSOD Honors Convocation: Friday, May 17, 2019

The Honors Convocation is the recognition of degree completion. During the ceremony degree candidates walk across the stage and receive their hoods (DDS) or pins (BSDH). The graduating class selects two members of the faculty to hood or pin the graduates. Students may also pre-select individual hooders/pinners (one or two). Photographs of the graduates are taken with the Dean.  

Tickets are required to attend Honors Convocation. The Office of Student Affairs will contact degree candidates regarding ticket distribution and other event details.

For Honors Convocation, if your group is traveling separately, we respectfully request that you plan to have all guests together before being seated; holding seats makes it difficult for UMSOD staff to efficiently usher guests in the venue.

As you prepare for the ceremony, please note that:

  • In early spring 2019, the UMB bookstore will host the “Grad Fair.” This is the time for you to order regalia. Announcements and rings can also be purchased by the graduate.
  • Accessible seating is limited at the venue. Guests need to contact Dr. Kate Noonan at (e-mail) or (phone) 410-706-7989, as soon as possible to inquire about accessible seating.

Celebration at the School of Dentistry: Friday, May 17, 2019

Immediately following the UMSOD Honors Convocation, graduates are invited to join family, friends, classmates, faculty, and staff for a reception at the school.

The Office of Student Affairs will contact degree candidates regarding ticket distribution and other event details.

Tentative Graduation Schedule (final schedule will be posted in early Spring 2019 Semester)

Thursday, May 16, 2019
UMB Commencement

     9:00 a.m.         UMB Commencement Ceremony                                   

     12:00 p.m.         “Party in the Park”

Friday, May 17, 2019
UMSOD Honors Convocation

     7:00 a.m.         Graduates and guests may start to arrive                     

     7:45 a.m.         All graduates must be lined up, in full regalia               

     8:00 a.m.         Honors Convocation begins (tickets required)

UMSOD Celebration

     10:15 a.m.       Tickets required                                    

      12:30 p.m.       Military Commissioning Ceremony