Upholding a Legacy

Published on 04 October 2018

To loud applause, P1 student Michaela Drouin walked across the stage to receive her white coat during St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s annual White Coat Ceremony in August. Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Everett Moody, B.S. ’51, and mother, Laura (Moody) Drouin, B.S. ’88, she continued a family tradition by taking the first step in her journey to become a pharmacist.

Each year, the College recognizes students’ transition into the professional program by presenting each student with their own white coat. The presentation of white coats symbolizes the shift from student to student pharmacists and the responsibility that comes with their new role as a member of the profession.

“Even though this is only the beginning of the professional program, earning my white coat gave me such a feeling of achievement,” Drouin said. “I finally made it closer to fulfilling a lifetime dream of mine.”

On August 24, John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of the College, guest speaker Marianne Ivey, Pharm.D., M.P.H., FASHP, professor emerita of the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati, and Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D., dean of the School of Pharmacy, officially welcomed Drouin and 192 of her fellow classmates into the College’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.

After witnessing the impact her mother and grandfather made on their patients and seeing the joy their work brought to their lives, Drouin knew from a young age that she wanted to become a pharmacist.

“My mom has always been my inspiration and role model in life,” she said. “She has always been motivated to help others and shows compassion toward everyone she meets.”

When it came to choosing a professional program, she knew exactly where to turn. As a third-generation student to attend the College, earning her white coat from the same program as her mother and grandfather was encouraging.

“Both my mother and grandfather have inspired me greatly in my life and I wanted to continue their legacy by attending the same college they both loved,” said Drouin. “I hope to make them proud as I take this next step in my career and eventually make my own mark on the pharmacy profession.”

To learn more about the White Coat Ceremony, visit stlcop.edu/whitecoat.

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