White Coat Ceremony - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Salus University White Coat Ceremony?
This annual ceremony represents the transition from student to professional-in-training as first-year students receive the symbol of their profession – the white coat. Recipients from all of the University’s clinical programs, including optometry, audiology, physician assistant, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology, take part in the ceremony.
When and where is the White Coat Ceremony?

The Ceremony will be held at 2:00pm EST on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in the Verizon Hall theater, in Center City Philadelphia . Doors will open at 1:15pm EST. 

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Will there be a rehearsal for the White Coat Ceremony?
All participating students are required to attend the rehearsal at the Kimmel Center at 10:00am EST.
Are all students required to attend the White Coat Ceremony?
All residential students who take part in clinical experience are required to participate and receive a white coat. Programs include Optometry (Traditional, Scholars, International Advanced Placement, Master of Science in Clinical Optometry), Audiology, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology. Students who are unable to participate must notify the Dean of Student Affairs and submit a request for an excused absence. Any requests may be submitted via admissions@salus.edu.
How long will the White Coat Ceremony last?
The White Coat Ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.
Is there a dress code for the ceremony?
For students, we recommend dressing in professional attire (dress pants/shirt/tie/skirt/dress; no denim, shorts or athletic wear).
What if my white coat doesn't fit properly?
After students receive their coat during the ceremony, if they are unhappy with the fit, please notify the Registrar’s Office in person or by email at registrar@salus.edu.
How will my name and program patch be added to the coat?
Following the ceremony, the white coats will be collected and will be sent to have patches (indicating university, college and program) and names embroidered. Coats will then be returned to students at a later date. 
How many guests may I invite?
Salus University allots up to 5 tickets per student for guests. If you need more than 5 tickets, please e-mail the Office of the Registrar, registrar@salus.edu, with the requested amount and we will get back to you once we have a final count of requests. The University does not guarantee the availability of any extra tickets. Tickets will not be replaced if lost.
When will I receive tickets for my guests?
Tickets will be available for pickup during Orientation. Further announcements will be made as to when and where.
Do I need a ticket for an infant/toddler attending the ceremony?
Infants or toddlers who will be able to stay on their parents’ or guardians’ laps for duration of the ceremony are not required to have their own tickets.
Will disability resources be available?
Yes, the Kimmel Center is ADA compliant. If you or any of your guests require special seating or assistance entering the venue and you did not indicate this on the White Coat Survey, please notify admissions@salus.edu.
How do I get to the Kimmel Center?
Please visit the Kimmel Center’s website for information about parking, directions, and public transportation.
Where should I park and is there a fee?
There is a parking garage located at the Kimmel Center as well as several other parking garage locations within walking distance. Price for parking varies upon location and time in/out and may range from $12 to $30+. Use the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s parking locator or follow directions for the Kimmel Center Garage below.

The entrance to the Kimmel Center Parking Garage is located just south of the Broad Street entrance to the building and can be accessed only by cars traveling south on Broad Street. Each parking space is numbered and visitors enter their number at the pay stations located in each of the three elevator lobbies in the garage. Payment can be made by credit, debit or cash [exact change only.]

Kimmel Center Garage Fees, Weekdays (Monday to Friday):
  • In before 10am, out by 6:00pm: $12
  • In after 10am, out by close: $23
  • In after 5pm: $26
Will I have time to return to my apartment near campus between the rehearsal and the Ceremony?
No. We highly recommend staying in Center City between the rehearsal and the Ceremony. During past comparable events, students and their families have made lunch reservations in Center City. Alternatively, students who have guests staying overnight in Center City have the option of resting or changing between the rehearsal and ceremony.
Where should we eat?
Center City Philadelphia has plenty of dining options to suit different budgets, tastes, and group sizes. Please visit the Official Visitor and Tourism Site for Philadelphia. We highly recommend staying relatively close to the venue and making reservations in advance.
What accommodations are available near the Kimmel Center for out of town guests?
A variety of accommodation options are available at different prices. Please visit the Official Visitor and Tourism Site for Philadelphia for information on overnight accommodations.