White Coat Ceremony

A tradition to welcome incoming MD students to American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and the medical profession.

The White Coat Ceremony is a time-honored event that marks the official entrance of matriculating AUC students into medical school and the medical profession. In the presence of family and friends, students receive their first white coat—a symbol of bestowed trust to carry on the tradition of doctoring.

January 2023 White Coat Ceremony Details


Monday, January 7, 2019 at 5:30PM AST
Main Auditorium (Building 2)
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
1 University Drive at Jordan Road
Cupecoy, Sint Maarten

  • Keynote Speaker

    We are pleased to have Brian Hachey, MD '13 serve as the ceremony keynote speaker. 

    A native of Windsor, Ontario, Dr. Hachey is a 2013 graduate of AUC. He is currently completing a Cardiology fellowship at Advocate Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois and will begin a competitive advanced fellowship in Echocardiography at the University of Toronto in Ontario this spring.

    Dr. Hachey completed his Internal Medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and was nominated to serve as Chief Resident in his final year.

  • Livestream

    The White Coat Ceremony will be livestreamed on AUC’s Vimeo channel and Facebook page. The stream will automatically load once the event begins.

  • Photography

    Each student will be photographed in their white coat and in front of the university’s emblem. Photographs will be uploaded and made available to all students after the event.

  • Reception

    Directly following the ceremony, students and their guests are invited to attend a dinner reception at Porto Cupecoy Marina. Shuttle transportation will be provided to and from the university.


    Due to Hurricane Irma, hotel space is limited in Sint Maarten. We encourage families to check for availability at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, which is about a 15 minute drive from AUC's campus in Cupecoy and an 8 minute drive from the Princess Juliana Airport.


    Simpson Bay Resort & Marina has junior suites, one bedroom suites, and two bedroom suites. To check for availability, visit them online at http://www.simpsonbayresort.com or call 1-888-387-4784 (toll free). You can also email scardenas@royalresorts.com or cdesquens@royalresorts.com for more information.