Simple Beginnings

simple-beginning-wente.jpgThe annual Simple Beginnings Ph.D. Lab Coat Ceremony commemorates the advent of the new class of doctoral students at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Doctoral students, who are beginning training programs within the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, receive a lab coat and well wishes as they begin their studies.

The ceremony and following reception is made possible by the generous support from individual alumni, faculty, and other supporters' donations.

This year's ceremony and reception will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Link to this year's Guest Session: 2017 Guest Session

Link to this year's Ceremony: 2017 White Coat Ceremony



Explore last year's Simple Beginnings festivities using the links below.

2016 Simple Beginning Guest Session (video)
2016 Simple Beginnings Ceremony
2016 Photo Gallery from Ceremony and Reception






Support Simple Beginnings

To support Simple Beginnings, we welcome your gifts -- large and small -- to the

Simple Beginnings Fund

All gifts will be acknowledged and are tax deductible.