Students Welcomed into the Profession of Pharmacy with White Coat Ceremony

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Third-year students at the College took part in the annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 30, symbolizing the first step in becoming a pharmacist. The white coat is a symbol of commitment to professionalism.

The 242 students were surrounded by family, friends, and College faculty and staff during the ceremony.

“As you don your white coats tonight, I hope you will reflect on the responsibility the coat symbolizes,” said Tricia Berry, Pharm.D., BCPS,’94/’95, professor and interim senior associate dean of pharmacy. “By entering covenantal relationships with patients, you will need to place their needs before your own. It will also be important to recognize the need to not only care for your patients, but to care about them, as well.”

Kevin Colgan, ’77, corporate director of pharmacy at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and the vice chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, spoke at the ceremony. After all of the students received their coats, they recited the Pledge of Professionalism, led by third-year student and Class of 2017 President Jeffrey Pasucal. The pledge, signed by all of the students, will be displayed on campus.

The class of 2017 will spend the next four years gaining knowledge and skills to prepare them to become leaders in the profession of pharmacy.

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