The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will hold its eighth annual White Coat Ceremony at 2 p.m. today in Geary Auditorium.
The white coat is a symbol of the health care profession, and each year the UC School of Pharmacy places the white lab coat on new pharmacy students as part of their entry into the profession. This year, 94 members of the pharmacy class of 2017 will participate. Students, faculty, and families will gather to mark this rite of passage.
White Coat Ceremonies originated in the medical profession, and over the past 10 to 15 years have been embraced and adopted by several health professional programs such as dentistry, osteopathy, pharmacy and physical therapy.
This event provides a venue for the public witnessing of their acceptance of the responsibilities and expectations of the profession of pharmacy.
Dr. Craig Kimble, Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Services for Fruth Pharmacy, will be the keynote speaker.