College of Health Professions' McAuley School of Nursing receives grant for White Coat Ceremony, Oct. 10

September 05, 2018

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that the College of Health Professions' (CHP) McAuley School of Nursing (MSON) was selected to receive a grant to support the Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing on Oct. 10, 2018.

“During our ceremony, we welcome the new nursing students into the profession as they embark on their first clinical or patient care experiences,” said Jaime Sinutko, associate dean of undergraduate Nursing. “The McAuley School of Nursing is committed to preparing compassionate and competent nurses who lead, serve and provide the highest quality, cost-effective and culturally sensitive health care services in our community.”

During the ceremony, nursing students will recite an oath to patient care and come forward to be “cloaked” in the iconic white coat that signifies their status as health care professionals. CHP Dean Neal Rosenburg will have the honor of cloaking nursing students in front of their family and friends.

The White Coat Ceremony was initiated in 1993 at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons by Arnold P. Gold, MD, who was a professor and pediatric neurologist. Dr. Gold, a passionate advocate for humanistic healthcare, believed that the oath taken by new physicians at the end of medical school came too late. Through the nonprofit organization that he and his wife, Dr. Sandra Gold, started, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation has expanded the White Coat Ceremony around the globe.

Funding for Detroit Mercy’s ceremony was provided by the Gold Foundation through the generous support of its trustee and donor Elaine Adler. Detroit Mercy’s CHP/MSONwas among 50 nursing schools selected in 2018 to launch their first White Coat Ceremony.

Today, nearly every medical school in the United States, hundreds of nursing schools, and many other health profession schools around the globe participate in this tradition of humanistic care.

“The trust and communication created with a patient is a defining factor in the path to healing,” said Dr. Richard Levin, president and CEO of The Gold Foundation. “The White Coat Ceremony reinforces the importance of a deep human connection as students begin their journey to patients and modern healthcare.”

The Gold Foundation champions the human connection in healthcare. The foundation engages schools and their students, health systems, companies, and individual clinicians in the joy and meaning of humanistic healthcare, so that patients and their families can be partners in collaborative, compassionate and scientifically excellent care.

Detroit Mercy’s White Coat Ceremony will take place in the College of Health Professions on the McNichols Campus Oct. 10 from noon to 2 p.m. Media interested in covering this special event should contact Gary Lichtman, director of Media Relations, at 313-578-0336 or via email at

For more information about this program, contact AACN Nursing Education Assistant Jabari Cooper at