Inaugural White Coat Ceremony Launches Pharmacy Professional Year

by Kaitlyn Coughlin, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s School of Pharmacy will host its first white coat ceremony on September 8, 2012, for 53 students entering the first professional year.

This event recognizes students who have completed three years of pre-pharmacy curriculum and are now entering four years of advanced professional-level education. Students will be given a white coat representing the significance of their role as a student pharmacist.

Marc Sweeney, Pharm.D., dean of the school of pharmacy and professor of pharmacy practice, shared that this will be the first white coat ceremony for Cedarville.

“This is a milestone in representing the school’s successful development and student commitment to the profession,” Sweeney said.

The students will recite the Pharmacist’s Oath as they receive their white coats, symbolizing a commitment to service through the pharmacy profession.

“Pharmacists are committed to patient safety and care,” Sweeney said. “During the four year professional degree program, students will obtain the knowledge and skills to provide the best care possible to patients.”

The ceremony will be held in the Dixon Ministry Center Chapel at 2 p.m.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at