The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine will host its White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2026 today at 4:00 p.m. at Centennial High School, 1950 Sonoma Ranch Blvd, in Las Cruces, NM.
The incoming class is the college’s largest to date.
The ceremony is a rite of passage to emphasize the importance of compassionate patient care at the beginning of training. One hundred ninety-five first-year medical students will receive their white coats and take the Osteopathic Oath in front of families and friends.
The event will be live streamed on the college’s Facebook page, @BurrellCollege, for those who can’t attend in person.
This year’s guest speaker is Student Doctor Alberto Velasco. Born in California to an immigrant family from San Miguel de la Paz, Mexico, Velasco is the Executive Board President of Burrell’s Student Government Association.
He is also a member of the National COSGP Legislative Affairs Committee, working on policy reforms that ensure justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion among all DO Students. Velasco enlisted into the Marine Corps in 2012, where he served two tours overseas as a helicopter crew chief. After getting accepted into the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, he was commissioned into the Navy in 2021, receiving the Health Professions Scholarship.