White Coating Ceremonies

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated July 13, 2022

Venue and Parking 

When do doors open for guests?

Doors will open one (1) hour prior to the ceremony. Please note that everyone will require a ticket, but seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Kansas City Parking

Parking is available in the Arts District Garage for $10 a car. Please note that motorcycles are not allowed in the Arts District Garage due to safety reasons. Additional parking is available at the Webster Garage located at 17th and Wyandotte. KCU strongly recommends carpooling as much as possible. Download a parking map for the Kansas City event.

Joplin Parking

Parking is available in the high school parking lots. 


What is the attire recommended for students?

Dress is business formal (dark pants or a dark dress) and black dress shoes. Men, please wear a shirt and tie; no suit or sport coat.

Guests have no specified attire, but business casual is recommended.

Are students allowed to have a guest coater for the ceremony?

Our white coat tradition is for KCU faculty to coat incoming students. We have not incorporated "guest coaters" in many years. The basis for this is to symbolically begin to establish a professional and personal relationship between incoming students and the faculty they will eventually consider mentors.

Is there a mandatory requirement for the students to attend this ceremony?

Yes, attendance at the white coating ceremony is mandatory for both classes.

COVID-19 Protocol

Do students and guests need to wear masks to the White Coating Ceremony?

Facemasks are not required.

Is KCU requiring the student and guest seating to be spaced 6 feet apart?

There is no spacing requirement for guest seating at the White Coating Ceremony.

Virtual Ceremony 

Will the White Coating Ceremony be live-streamed?

Yes, the White Coating Ceremony will be live-streamed and after the ceremony will be available as a recording on YouTube.

Tickets and Seating

How many tickets will I receive?

If you requested additional tickets through the online form, your request has been approved. If you did not request additional tickets, you will receive your guaranteed four (4) tickets.

Can I request more tickets since more family is coming to town since my original request?

As of July 2, 2022 we are unable to accept any additional requests for tickets. If you find yourself in need of more tickets we recommend that you reach out to your classmates to see if anyone’s plans have changed and they have extra tickets. We are going to have a FULL HOUSE for White Coating and all guests will need a ticket to enter the venues. Your white coat will serve as your ticket.

Where can I pick up the tickets?

Tickets will be available for pick-up for the Kansas City ceremony on Friday, July 22 on campus. Tickets will be available for pick-up for the Joplin ceremony on Friday, July 29 on campus.