White Coat Ceremony Toolkit

Congratulations on your upcoming White Coat Ceremony! Each year, the Gold Foundation provides a kit of materials for your school’s ceremony. If there are other materials that would be useful, please let us know at info@gold-foundation.org

Organizations interested in White Coat Ceremonies or other rituals to infuse humanism into care settings and corporate healthcare settings should contact Pia Miller, Director of Humanistic Healthcare Strategies, at pmiller@gold-foundation.org.

Ceremony materials

Program template (InDesign or Publisher) – add your school’s logo, ceremony speakers, students, and other details, and print at the printing shop of your choice

“Who was Arnold Gold?” remarks (Word) – 2- to 4-minute remarks that will introduce students and the audience to Dr. Gold and why he began the White Coat Ceremony. These remarks can be used as an introduction to an inspiring video about Dr. Gold’s life and legacy.

“Legacy of Arnold P. Gold” video (YouTube) – 10-minute documentary about Dr. Gold’s life and the importance of humanism in healthcare. Dr. Gold died this year, in January, at the age of 92.

White Coat Ceremony slides (PPT) – slides to incorporate into your ceremony

Signage & logo materials

The 2.5-foot by 8-foot banner can be modified to include your school’s logo and then ordered from VistaPrint or the printing shop of your choice.

2.5-foot x 8-foot “Congratulations on your White Coat Ceremony” banner (InDesign or PDF) – add your school’s logo and print at the printing shop of your choice

Gold Foundation 30th year White Coat Ceremony logo (PNG) – for inclusion on your own specially designed program or banner

Media materials

5 marketing tips (PDF) -ideas to promote your ceremony widely and engage with the Gold Foundation through social media

Press release template for nursing schools (Word) – designed for inaugural ceremonies at nursing schools that are receiving special funding through the Gold Foundation. It includes a quote from Dr. Levin, our CEO and president, and can be modified for your school and sent to local media outlets, such as local TV stations and newspapers.


Source Sans Pro (free download– This open source typeface family is often used in our materials.