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White Coat Ceremony Marks Rite of Passage for Pharmacy Students

More than 225 students from Duquesne’s Mylan School of Pharmacy will be inaugurated into the professional phase of their program at the University’s annual formal White Coat Ceremony.

Students entering their third year of studies in the pharmacy school will be presented with the white coats that they will wear during their laboratory work and experiential education.  More than 450 Duquesne administrators, pharmacy faculty, and family and friends of the students are expected to attend the ceremony. A reception will follow.

“The white coat has long been a symbol of the relationship of trust between patients and pharmacists since the apothecary days,” explained Dr. J. Douglas Bricker, dean of the Mylan School. “This ceremony, where students don their white coats and recite a pledge of professionalism, marks their commitment to the profession.”

Dr. Cindy Iannarelli, founder of the Bernelli Foundation in Italy, will deliver the keynote address.  She is a 1981 graduate of the Mylan School of Pharmacy.

After receiving their white coats, the class will then recite the pharmacy Pledge of Professionalism.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m.

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

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