So, it appears that no one outside of the medical world has ever heard of a White Coat Ceremony. Allow me to explain:
According to Wiki, the White Coat Ceremony addresses the issue of medical ethics, and praises rising students for their success in the medical field. The students recited the Hippocratic Oath and were robed with the white coat, the garb that physicians have traditionally worn for over 100 years.
It seems kind of silly, but I have to admit, it was actually kind of special. I have never felt so proud of anyone or anything as I did when Nate walked in with his classmates and stood reciting the Oath.
All of a sudden, it hit me – all of the hard work and stress of pre-med, the MCAT, the applications, the supplementaries, the interviews, the worrying, were behind us. We made it to this point, and now it is only a matter of time before Nate is a doctor. The Ceremony made everything seem so real.