STLCOP’s Annual White Coat Ceremony 2015

Published on 26 August 2015

Families, friends, faculty, staff, students and alumni recently gathered at St. Louis College of Pharmacy to celebrate this year’s White Coat Ceremony.

A STLCOP tradition, the White Coat Ceremony symbolizes the students’ entrance into the Doctor of Pharmacy program and the ethical responsibilities they now have as student pharmacists.

Nearly 250 students were welcomed into the professional program on Friday, Aug. 21. President John A. Pieper and Kristie Bruneman’86, talent acquisition account manager at Shop ‘n Save/SUPERVALU pharmacies, began the night by congratulating the student pharmacists.

Dr. Brenda Gleason, associate dean of academic affairs in the School of Pharmacy, also addressed the students. “Professionals hold a place of privilege in our society because they are experts who can be entrusted to make decisions and take actions that benefit those they serve rather than themselves,” she said. “The price of this privilege – this trust – is an unwavering commitment to professionalism.”

In recognition of their new role as student pharmacists, the class recited the Pledge of Professionalism, led by class president Luke Neumann, and were called to the stage to receive their white coat.

The night continued as keynote speaker Dr. Peter Vlasses, executive director of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, addressed the class about the importance of depending on peers for guidance.

Students also observed another tradition of reading heartfelt notes left in their coat pockets by alumni, family members, and donors who chose to sponsor the cost of their coats.

Watch the Ceremony Recap Video

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