Kent State Trumbull celebrated its first-ever White Coat Ceremony for nursing students Tuesday morning.

Thirty nursing students celebrated the beginning of their medical training in a ceremony that is known as a rite of passage for aspiring medical students.

"It's a huge moment when they get that uniform on and go out and practice in the community. It's a great opportunity to remind them of their professional responsibility as a nurse," BSN Coordinator Gina Severino told 21 News.

The ceremony was created in 1993 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation where a white lab coat is placed on the students, along with an oath that signifies their transition into the field. The blessing of the palms shows how they can impact so many lives with their hands.

"It shows a little bit of what to expect for the ceremony when we actually graduate. This just gives us a little more motivation to keep doing what we're doing. It's an amazing experience for us to be recognized as sophomores," Marissa Baker, a sophomore nursing student, said.

Following the ceremony, students are now able to begin clinicals and work in the field.