The history of the White Coat Ceremony at the University at
Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions dates back
Mr. Alfred Caffiero, a dear friend and generous donor to the
Doctor of Physical Therapy program, proposed starting a white coat
ceremony for the UB DPT program. Caffierio provided the funding to
purchase the white coats for each student in that class and
continues to provide support for the program to this
The ceremony is held annually in early May.