MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Eighty-four students will be welcomed into the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy Class of 2017 during the School’s White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 17. The ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown.

The presentation of white coats is symbolic as it signifies to the students that they are entering a commitment to be future healthcare professionals and will develop, deliver and monitor medications in an effort to improve the health and well-being of their patients.  

“The White Coat Ceremony is a milestone in the lives of our student pharmacists,” Patricia Chase, Ph.D., Gates Wigner Dean for the WVU School of Pharmacy, said. “It stresses to our new students that they will not only gain pharmaceutical knowledge from the classroom to treat their patients, but they must also be compassionate and earn the trust of their patients in order to deliver care.”

The program will begin with Dr. Chase, who will welcome the Class of 2017. Students will then be presented their white coats by School of Pharmacy faculty members Gretchen Garofoli, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy; Yon Rojanasakul, Ph.D., professor, Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Virginia “Ginger” Scott, Ph.D., professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy.

The Pledge of Professionalism will be led by the WVU School of Pharmacy Class of 2017 advisor, Jon Wietholter, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy.
For more information: Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy, 304-293-7192
an: 08-09-13