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New Creighton Medical Students to Don White Coats During 16th Annual Ceremony

Answer: 152 White Coats. Question: How many first-year medical students at Creighton University School of Medicine will take their first official step toward becoming physicians on Friday, Aug. 12, when they participate in the school’s 16th annual White Coat Ceremony?

The event will be held 2-3:30 p.m. at Joslyn Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall, 2400 Dodge St. During the ceremony, 152 first-year medical students will don white coats – long a symbol of medical clinicians and researchers.

This year’s class members hail from 67 universities, 25 U.S. states and four countries. The top five states represented are California (32 students), Minnesota (19 students); Nebraska (14 students), Missouri (10 students) and Washington (nine students). Other facts about the Class of 2015:

- There are 70 males and 82 females.

- The median age is 24 with the youngest student 22 years old and the oldest 38 years old. They completed their undergraduate education with a median cumulative grade point average of 3.72.

- The class is diverse with 24 percent of the class comprised of students of African American, Asian Indian, Asian, Mexican, Hispanic, and Cuban heritage.

A total of 5,972 students applied to become members of the Creighton University School of Medicine’s Class of 2015.