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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 PhD class.

This year’s 2022 Simple Beginnings Ceremony will be held on

Friday, September 2, 2022

Register to watch the virtual session and ceremony
at this link.

Follow the link at any time between 2-5pm to see all festivities:

  • 2:00 Friends and Family Special Session
  • 3:00-4:00 Brief Intermission 
  • 4:00 Simple Beginnings Official Lab Coat Presentation
    **Please note: all times are in Central Standard Time.

To donate a lab coat to an incoming student and give to the 2022 Simple Beginnings fund, follow this link to the online giving form.

For questions about 2022 Simple Beginnings, please contact Kate Stuart.