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Simple Beginnings


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, receive a lab coat and well-wishes as they begin their studies.

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 Ph.D. class.

This year's 2024 Simple Beginnings Ceremony will be held on Friday, August 30, 2024.

Schedule of all festivities:

  • 2:00 Friends and Family Special Session
  • 3:00-4:00 Brief Intermission 
  • 4:00 Simple Beginnings Official Lab Coat Presentation

To donate a lab coat to an incoming student and give to the 2024 Simple Beginnings fund, follow this link to the online giving form.