Ninety pharmacy students from the Class of 2014 will recite the “Oath of a Pharmacist” in front of their peers, professors, community and families at the University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony, slated for Sunday, Oct. 17. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 2 p.m. in the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.
The ceremony is a rite of passage for students entering their first year in the professional program to affirm their commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity and caring. The Class of 2014 is the College’s fourth class of students.
In addition to remarks by UH Hilo Chancellor Donald O. Straney and College of Pharmacy Dean John M. Pezzuto, the students will be addressed by community leaders including Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s Chief-of-Staff Pat DeLeon, Mayor Billy Kenoi and Representative Jerry Chang.
The American Pharmacist’s Association states that the presentation of the white coat to new students represents their passage into the pharmacy profession with all the opportunities and responsibilities associated with professionalism.
Such ceremonies have become a tradition at many schools of pharmacy, medicine and other health care professionals throughout the country.
CoP’s inaugural class held its White Coat Ceremony in the fall of 2007. They will receive their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees in the May 2011 UH Hilo Commencement.