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Simple Beginnings

Photos by Anne Rayner

The annual Simple Beginnings Ph.D. Lab Coat Ceremony commemorates the advent of the new class of doctoral students at Vanderbilt University. 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.

This year’s ceremony will be held virtually on the afternoon of Friday, September 4, 2020.

The ceremony is made possible by the generous support from individual alumni, faculty, and other supporters’ donations. Consider giving an acknowledged and tax deductible gift to the incoming PhD class.

To donate a lab coat to an incoming student and give to the Simple Beginnings fund, follow this link to the online giving form.
Did you miss the virtual ceremony? Watch the recording here!


Explore previous years’ Simple Beginnings festivities using the links below.