HSOP Welcomes Class of 2022

P1 students take oath of pharmacist The Class of 2022 takes the Oath of a Pharmacist.

August 20, 2018

AUBURN, Alabama – The Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2022 joined the Auburn Family on Friday, Aug. 17 as friends and family joined the incoming student pharmacists at the 2018 White Coat Ceremony at The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center.


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The White Coat Ceremony, one of the most anticipated milestones in a pharmacist’s path, signified the end of 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.

The Harrison School of Pharmacy is thankful to McKesson, a leading healthcare company for wholesale medical supplies & equipment, pharmaceutical distribution, and healthcare technology solutions, for its support of the White Coat Ceremony and the Alabama Pharmacy Association for sponsoring the pre-ceremony reception. Additionally, the School would like to thank individual coat sponsors for showing their support of pharmacy’s next generation.

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.

“The white coat is a symbol of the trust patients have for their pharmacist and the responsibility that comes with that trust,” said Dr. Richard Hansen, dean of the Harrison School of Pharmacy. “It is exciting to welcome our newest student pharmacists to the profession and this ceremony helps instill in them the commitment to service to others and improving health outcomes.”

The students arrived on Sunday, Aug. 13 for registration and spent the week in orientation. Each day of orientation carried with it a central theme, such as teamwork, communication, advocacy, self-assessment, and mentoring. Students learned how each of these themes applied to their role as a pharmacist and their relationship with their patients. The week culminated Friday evening with the annual White Coat Ceremony.

Students were coated by faculty of the Harrison School of Pharmacy along with individual coating sponsors. The Oath of a Pharmacist was administered to the class by Ren Aranda, president of the HSOP student council and a member of the Class of 2020.

“At Auburn, our students are meeting with patients beginning with their first week on campus,” said Hansen. “When they put the white coat on, it instills in them that this is real, they are now part of the profession, and they carry that professional mindset into their interactions with patients.”

The Class of 2022 is made up of 153 students with 127 on the Auburn campus and 26 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 Puerto Rico, and 40 different colleges and universities.

Class of 2022 members come from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin, along with a student from Puerto Rico.

The class also represents 40 different colleges and universities, including Alabama, Alabama-Birmingham, Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Auburn, Auburn-Montgomery, Augustana, Birmingham Southern, Central Arkansas, Central Florida, Columbus State, Faulkner, Ferris State, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Houston, Huntingdon, Jacksonville State, LaGrange, Mississippi Valley State, Mobile, New Orleans, North Alabama, North Dakota, Pensacola Christian, Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, St. John's, Samford, Snead State, South Alabama, Spring Hill College, Troy, Tulane, West Alabama and West Florida.

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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. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit http://pharmacy.auburn.edu.

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Last Updated: August 20, 2018