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Student Pharmacists Mark Rite of Passage at 10th Annual White Coat Ceremony

More than 500 family members and friends will gather at Duquesne University for the 10th annual White Coat Ceremony, which serves to mark a pharmacy student’s first year of professional study as pharmacists.

Hosted by the Mylan School of Pharmacy, this year’s ceremony will feature 207 students, who will recite a pledge of professionalism at the ceremony and be presented with white coats that they will wear during their laboratory work and experiential education.

Craig G. Cochenour, a shareholder of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, will deliver the keynote address at the White Coat Ceremony. A registered pharmacist, Cochenour is a 1981 graduate of the Mylan School of Pharmacy and a 1988 graduate of Duquesne’s School of Law. His practice of law is focused on the domestic and international procurement and enforcement of patent and other intellectual property rights. Cochenour is the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Law and Medicine, and the Order of the Barristers Award for excellence through the art of courtroom advocacy.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m.

Where: Fourth Floor Ballroom, Duquesne Union, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue.

Information: Media are asked to arrange parking by calling Rose Ravasio at 412.818.0234.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.