Auburn’s White Coat Ceremony takes place at the end of a week-long Foundations of Pharmacy orientation course, which introduced first-year students to the doctor of pharmacy program and professional responsibility of pharmacists. The ceremony marks the transition into the professional program with each student being dressed in their white coat, which is a symbolic gesture of the patient care responsibilities each student pharmacist accepts upon entering the program. Once all students don the coats, they are administered the Oath of a Pharmacist.
“These are among the brightest and most dedicated students from Alabama and from across the country,” said Lee Evans, dean of Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy. “They will contribute significantly to improving patient outcomes as a result of their knowledge and skills with optimizing patients’ medication use.”
The Harrison School of Pharmacy is the oldest professional school at Auburn University. Established in 1885, it has grown into a preeminent institution of pharmaceutical education across the country. The faculty and clinical staff serve students and communities across Alabama, including a satellite program located on the campus of the University of South Alabama in Mobile.