current med students: how many of your parents actually attended your white coat ceremony? ours is held before classes even start! it seems kind of pointless to me, and I don't think it's necessary for my parents to drive all the way over (it's ~4 hours away). Not to mention all the hassle of getting my parents settled in my place (we don't have the best relationship however they are my parents so I gotta make room for them). Anyway, they really seem to want to come. How can I convince them that it's not worth it to come?