34th Fall Convocation | White Coat & Pinning Ceremony
Fall Convocation is one of only two occasions where the Morehouse School of Medicine President and Dean, Board of Trustees, academic and institutional leadership, faculty and alumni gather in a formal academic setting focused entirely on students. The other, of course, is graduation, commencement. These bookend events – one for those coming in, the other for those going out – represent the academic circle of life.
At MSM, Convocation recognizes and celebrates the incoming class of students, and serves as the official kickoff of the new academic year. It is a pivotal time and transformational experience for the first-year students who represent our Doctor of Medicine, Graduate Education in Biological Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.
Included in the proceedings is the time-honored tradition of the White Coat and Pinning Ceremony. Incoming MPH students receive blue blazers and pins symbolizing their entrance into a field dedicated to protecting the public health and welfare of our communities. First-year MD receive their white coats and GEBS students their lab coats as symbols of the trust bestowed upon them as they carry on the noble traditions of medicine and science. GEBS students also receive pins.
We hope you will be able to join us as we welcome another generation of learners who soon will be leading the creation and advancement of health equity.
Schedule of events
New student welcome reception
Thursday, Sept. 20, 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
Location: E. Ginger Sullivan Atrium, Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care
Fall Convocation and White Coat & Pinning Ceremony
Friday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-noon
Location: Auditorium, Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care
Parking will be limited. For additional parking information, please view parking information below.
W. Mary Langley
Our Convocation Speaker
W. Mary Langley, PhD, MPH, RN, ICPS
Professor, Department of Community Health/Preventive Medicine
Director, Health Promotion Resource Center
Dr. Langley has served Morehouse School of Medicine for many years. She has extensive experience working with community-based organizations in both rural and urban communities investigating social determinants of health. For more than 30 years, she has worked with community- and faith-based organizations, helping them develop prevention programs for youth and families. Some of Dr. Langley’s most significant impacts have been associated with her work on reducing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections among at-risk populations in Georgia, as well as preventing substance abuse and youth violence. She has had her work published in peer-review journals, American Public Health Association, Georgia Public Health and Organizational Development. Read full bio
MSM Learning Communities
All incoming students are grouped into learning communities, student-led and mentor-facilitated educational sessions that take place in a supportive team environment.
Making a Commitment
As they take the next step in their journey to becoming physicians, scientists, researchers, public health leaders and other health professionals, our entering students make a verbal commitment during the ceremony, dedicating themselves to upholding the highest professional and ethical standards.
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Due to our rapid growth and associated construction projects, on-campus parking is extremely limited at this time, particularly on weekdays when classes and regular campus operations are under way. We highly recommend that students and their families carpool to Convocation, use public transportation—the closest MARTA stop is the West End station—or take a rideshare service such as Lyft or Uber. MSM police will be directing traffic to appropriate parking locations.
The parking garage entrance is located on Lee Street. Visitors with mobility considerations may be dropped off and picked up at the Westview Drive entrance/NCPC circle drive.
2018 Entering Class Profile
- 100 – Doctor of Medicine
- 8 – Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences
- 3 – Master of Science in Biomedical Research
- 1 – Master of Science in Biomedical Technology
- 4 – Master of Science in Clinical Research
- 24 – Master of Science in Medical Sciences
- 3 – Master of Science in Neuroscience
- 22 – Master of Public Health
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Campaign honors, assists entering students
To honor – and ultimately assist – these 165 entering students, we’ve created the Blue and White Coat crowdfunding campaign. It’s a perfect way for fellow students, family members, alumni and non-alumni alike to let these new MSM family members know you support them as they embark on their journeys to becoming physicians, scientists and other health profession leaders.
Gifts made to this crowdfunding campaign go to the President’s Innovation Fund, which supports scholarships, enables clinical experiences and provides students the tools they need to become successful physicians, researchers and public health professionals. Your generosity enables our students to focus on their education, not the cost.
Morehouse School of Medicine thanks the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for its support of our 34th Convocation & White Coat and Pinning Ceremony.