Class of 2016 Continues Philanthropic Tradition

Published on 01 June 2016

As the academic year came to a close, the class of 2016 took part in a tradition of pledging support to the College. Each year, outgoing graduates begin their new chapter as alumni by voting to determine a gift that will commemorate their time as student pharmacists.

Since its establishment in 1875, the Alumni Association has sponsored a variety of class gifts including scholarships, classrooms and laboratories, commissioned artwork, library essentials, and even capital items like scoreboards for the gymnasium.

“Class gifts have come in several forms over the years and each one has made a positive impact on the College community,” said Bob Zebroski, chair of the Department of Liberal Arts and professor of history. “With the new construction going on, there are several unique opportunities for student to donate a gift that will commemorate their class.”

The 2016 graduates collected nearly $1,000 to be used for the fall White Coat Ceremony. The gifts will help offset the costs of the white coats for students transitioning from the undergraduate program into the professional years. Additional gifts from alumni, donors, and friends of the College will also help provide the ceremony.

“Donating to the White Coat Ceremony is our way of continuing tradition at STLCOP,” said Melissa Green, former class of 2016 president. “It’s important that the next generation of students understand that we know what they’re going through. The White Coat Ceremony serves as a symbolic milestone to motivate students entering the professional program.”

The decision to donate to the White Coat Ceremony was not made lightly. The recent graduates viewed it as a way to support as many students as possible. Using a survey, it was decided that the White Coat Ceremony would be the best program to provide support to current students.

“Giving back to the College as a graduate has significant meaning,” said Kevin Lister, annual giving officer. “It means so much when a peer wants to perpetuate the success of their fellow students. This year was no exception as the class of 2016 wanted to make sure their gift provided support during a time that many students remember fondly.”

Students benefiting from the class' gift will participate in the upcoming White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 26, 2016. To learn more about the ceremony, visit

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