Twenty-Third Ceremony of Commitment to Medicine

Event Details

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A celebration sponsored by the Brown Medical Alumni Association (BMAA).

Saturday, September 18, 2021*
10:00 a.m. 

Ceremony location:** New
Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle 
Located behind Sayles Hall in between Lyman and Maxcy. Refer to this Brown University map.

All guests must wear a mask for the duration of the ceremony.

*Please note, all the above is subject to change due to public health circumstances. Brown University abides by public health guidance and health and safety protocols to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Event attendees, including visitors and guests, must comply with all University policies and protocols in place at the time of the event, including current University policy regarding face masks and coverings (see the University’s COVID-19 Campus Activity Status page for the current policy for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.) We ask you also to review the State of Rhode Island Department of Health website with regard to travel requirements which must be adhered to.

**Please note, MD'25 students have been allotted four (4) ticketed guests each. The ceremony will be live streamed and recorded for future viewing. 

Additional Information

Your MD'25 student is responsible for registering their ticket needs. It is also up to the student to distribute the tickets they receive. No additional tickets are available. 

  • Seating is first come, first served. The ceremony will be rain or shine. Some seating will be outside of the tent. 
  • Seating will open at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday

It’s a magical weekend!
We’re capturing that magic in photos and videos so current and future participants can share the experience. All or portions of Brown University events and their participants may be captured by photography or video and used for news or Brown promotional purposes. The event will also be live streamed.


Ceremony Details

During this time honored tradition, your MD'25 student will receive their first white coat as part of this ceremony, which will be approximately 90 minutes.

Highlights will include:

  • Welcome by Dean Jack A. Elias, M.D.
  • Featured Student Speaker, Amador Victorino Delamerced '18 MD'23
  • Charles O. Cooke, M.D. Distinguished Visiting Lectureship* presented by Julianne Y. Ip ’75 MD’78 RES’81, P’18Associate Dean of Medicine for the Program in Liberal Medical Education and Visiting International Medical Student Program,Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Clinical Professor of Medical Science 
  • Presentation of Coats and Reading of Names by BMAA President Patricia A. Buss ’78 MD’81 RES’87 and Dean Jack A. Elias, M.D.

*The Charles O. Cooke, M.D. Distinguished Visiting Lectureship is supported by a bequest from Mrs. Ruth Cooke Peterson, establishing an endowed lectureship in any branch of medicine that can hold promise of significant and lasting benefit to medical education at Brown or to the community, or the delivery of health care services.



Are extra tickets available for the ceremony?

  • No, unfortunately because of public health circumstances, we are unable to offer additional tickets.

Will the live stream be accessible from any location?

  • Yes! The link will be shared with MD'25 students and families closer to the event. 

Since the ceremony is now outside, will there be a rain date or indoor location in the event of bad weather?

  • No, the ceremony will happen outside at the new announced location, rain or shine. 

Will we have the opportunity to take photos with our student on September 18? 

  • You will be able to take photos with your student before and/or after the ceremony.

What is parking like on campus?

Will the ceremony be recorded?

  • Yes! In addition to the live stream, the ceremony will also be recorded. We will share the final recording with MD'25 students and our community. 

Are masks required? 

Are children of any age allowed?

  • Yes! All ages are welcome. Please refer to the link above to learn more about the University's mask requirement and more. 

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