HSOP Welcomes 148 New Student-Pharmacists

September 11, 2015

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2019 joined the Auburn Family on Saturday, Aug. 15 as friends and family joined the incoming student pharmacists at the 2014 White Coat Ceremony.

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The White Coat Ceremony, one of the most anticipated milestones in a pharmacist’s path, signified the end of the Foundations of Pharmacy orientation week and the beginning of the four-year journey of pharmacy school. The presentation of their own white coats, used to recognize health care professionals throughout the world, represents the next crucial stage of their education in which they will actively engage with patients and other professionals.

At the Harrison School of Pharmacy, faculty members view student pharmacists as junior colleagues in the profession of pharmacy. Thus, the presentation of the white coat symbolizes their formal induction into the profession of pharmacy. While the students are still trainees, the event symbolizes their entry into the profession of pharmacy.

“I consider it to be a privilege and honor to be the person that coats students on their arrival and hoods them when they graduate,” said HSOP Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Paul Jungnickel. “The day of the white coat ceremony and graduation day are my two most favorite days on the HSOP’s academic calendar. Presenting the white coats to members of our entering class is especially meaningful to me and I enjoy sharing in this joyous time for our entering class.”

The Class of 2019 is made up of 149 students with 124 on the Auburn campus and 24 on the Mobile campus. The group brings a diverse background to HSOP as the class is made up of students from 13 different states and 34 different colleges and universities.

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About the Harrison School of Pharmacy
Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. In 2014, the school adopted the slogan, “Making Medications Work Through Innovative Research, Education and Patient Care.” For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit http://pharmacy.auburn.edu.

Last Updated: September 11, 2015