Student Events for Families

Each year, the medical school celebrates several distinguishing events that mark the milestones of a medical student’s journey to becoming an ². These events include the White Coat Ceremony in the first year, and Match Day and Graduation in the fourth year. Families and loved ones are encouraged to celebrate these momentous occasions with their students. Whether you’re in Kalamazoo for a WMed event, or to visit your student, please find information below on Kalamazoo, including how to get around, hotel accommodations, and things to do. For specific information regarding each event, please click on the corresponding button.


Traveling to WMed and Kalamazoo

Click here for printable directions to our campus locations. Our main location is in downtown Kalamazoo at the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus.

  • Airports
    • – approximately 60 minute drive to Kalamazoo.
    • – approximately 2.5 hour drive to Kalamazoo.
    • – approximately 2.5 hour drive to Kalamazoo.
    • – approximately 3 hour drive to Kalamazoo.
  • Public Transportation
    • - located at 429 North Burdick Street
    • - located at 429 North Burdick Street
  • Hotel Accommodations

    There are a variety of hotel options available in the Kalamazoo area. We have arranged for reduced rates at these select hotels if you follow the registration instructions provided.

    Hotel Information Registration Instructions

    1550 East Kilgore Road
    269.344.7774
    $69.90 plus tax per night

    • Call 269.344.7774 to make a reservation.
    • Reference ² when making your reservation.

    3443 Retail Place Drive, Kalamazoo
    269.270.3203
    $99 plus tax per night

    • Call 269.270.3203 to make a reservation.
    • Reference ² when making your reservation.

    303 N. Rose St., Kalamazoo
    269.382.4000

    • Call 269.382.4000 to make a reservation
    • Reference ² when making your reservation.

    2747 South 11th St., Kalamazoo
    269.375.6000
    $99 plus tax per night

    • Visit .
    • Click "Sleep."
    • Click "Reserve."
    • Input dates and click "Have a Corporate ID?"
    • Enter: 100171512
    • Select Room

    100 West Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo
    269.343.3333
    $139 plus tax per night

    • Visit .
    • Input dates and click "Find Rates."
    • Enter promotional code: WMUSOM
    • Click "Search Again."
    • Select Room

    1500 East Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo
    269.349.0855
    $114 plus tax per night

    • Call 269.349.0855 to make a reservation.
    • Reference ² when making your reservation.