White Coat Ceremony Recognizes Class of 2021

Published on 28 August 2017

St. Louis College of Pharmacy welcomed nearly 250 students into the Doctor of Pharmacy program during the White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 25. The annual tradition celebrated the class of 2021’s transition into student pharmacists.

President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, opened the ceremony by acknowledging the exciting times that lie ahead as members of the class embark on their journeys as student pharmacists.

Guest speaker, Thomas Menighan, B.S. Pharm, MBA, ScD (Hon.), FAPhA, executive vice president and CEO of American Pharmacists Association, reminded students of the ethical responsibilities they must uphold after receiving their white coat.

“The white coat you put on today will change the way people look at you for the rest of your life,” he said. “Our work is all about what is in it for the patient. Wear your white coat proudly and always strive for exemplary status.”

P1 student Rexhian Brisku lead the class in reciting the Pledge of Professionalism to loud applause from family and friends. The ceremony continued as members of the class were called on stage and presented with their white coats. The pocket of each student’s white coat contained a heartfelt note left by alumni, family members or donors who chose to sponsor the cost of the coat.

“The White Coat Ceremony is an event that I have been looking forward to since my start at the College in 2014,” P1 student Jordyn Norde said. “My induction into the professional program was nothing short of amazing. I really appreciated being welcomed into the profession by a practicing pharmacist, and knowing I gained a new network of support assured me that I can do anything.”

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