(St. Louis)- Third-year students at St. Louis College of Pharmacy recently took part in a White Coat Ceremony, symbolizing the first steps in becoming a student pharmacist in the profession of pharmacy. The white coat is a symbol of a commitment to professionalism.
The 225 students were surrounded by family, friends, and faculty during the ceremony.
“It is an honor and privilege to enter a health profession,” said Wendy Duncan, Ph.D., dean of pharmacy and vice president of academic affairs. “While challenging, assuming the responsibility of caring for others, of doing everything in your power to better the lives of your patients assures a life full of meaning and reward.”
After all the students received their coats, they recited the Pledge of Professionalism led by third-year student Gregory Sneed and then signed that pledge, which will be displayed on campus.
The class of 2016 will spend the next four years gaining knowledge and skills to prepare them to become leaders in the profession of pharmacy.
Photo by Eric Pan/St. Louis College of Pharmacy
About St. Louis College of Pharmacy: Founded in 1864, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the fourth oldest and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The College integrates the liberal arts and sciences with a professional curriculum and introductory and advance practice experiences where students can develop expertise and become leaders in the profession and their communities. Beginning in 2014, the seven-year curriculum leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree will also include a Bachelor of Science. The College admits students directly from high school and accepts transfer students and graduates from other colleges and universities. More than 1,250 students are currently enrolled from 25 states and several countries. Additional information is available at www.stlcop.edu.