Upstate News

August 16, 2004
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

SUNY Upstate welcomes students to campus Aug. 18

SUNY Upstate Medical University welcomes returning and new students to campus Wednesday, Aug. 18, with a series of events, including the traditional white coat ceremony for medical students.

During the white coat ceremony, which will be held Wednesday, Aug. 18, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Oncenter complex, 800 South State St., all incoming medical students—about 150—will receive the traditional white lab coat worn by physicians worldwide. The ceremony marks the beginning of one’s journey into the medical profession. This year’s event is made possible by a grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Central New York Region and from the Parents and Family Association of SUNY Upstate’s Medical Alumni Association.

Earlier in the day, SUNY Upstate President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., will officially welcome students to campus at 1 p.m. in a ceremony at the Oncenter.

This fall, 1,176 students are enrolled in SUNY Upstate’s four colleges: Medicine, Health Professions, Graduate Studies and Nursing.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 23.

Welcoming activities continue through next week when the College of Health Professions will hold a white coat ceremony for its students Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 5 p.m. in Room 9295 Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse.

Editor’s note: You are invited to cover the College of Medicine white coat ceremony and interview students and parents. Please contact Darryl Geddes at 464-4828 if you plan to cover.

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