Class of 2020 Recognized at 2016 White Coat Ceremony

Published on 15 September 2016

Family and friends gathered on the Quad, Friday, Aug. 26, to honor students in the class of 2020, as they progress into the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Together, members of the class recited the Pledge of Professionalism and were presented with their white coats to mark their entrance into their professional years of study. Representative of the long-standing relationship between the College and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, C. Edwin Webb, Pharm.D., associate executive director of the ACCP, was the featured speaker. His message emphasized the importance of interprofessional care.

“Interprofessional care is the future of your profession. It’s not practicing in silos. It’s practicing as part of an interprofessional care team,” Webb said. “The beauty of our work, if we do it well, is that it helps the rest of the team function at their highest levels and capacities.”

Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D., FASHP, FAPhA, dean of the School of Pharmacy, professor of pharmacy practice, offered remarks on the responsibility and privilege of being a student pharmacist.

“As you put on your white coats today, I hope you will reflect on the profound responsibility that coat symbolizes,” Canaday said. “As of today, you will be expected to work tirelessly to ensure that your patients receive maximum benefit from their medications with minimal risk. You will be expected to relentlessly pursue excellence, to further your skill and proficiency as the medication expert on the health care team, and to not only care for but to truly care about your patients.”

Canaday concluded the ceremony with words of encouragement for students as they set forth on their next four years.

“Class of 2020, I hope you will wear your white coats with a sense of deep pride and professionalism. We look forward to working with you over the next four years as you pursue your professional goals and dreams,” Canaday said.

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