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Local Students Earn White Coats in Auburn University’s Pharmacy School


AUBURN, Ala. – Four local students received white coats at the 19th Annual White Coat Ceremony held Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Harrison School of Pharmacy (HSOP) at Auburn University.

The White Coat Ceremony is a tradition in which the school welcomes first-year students (P1s) as colleagues dedicated to patient care.

The White Coat Ceremony, one of the most anticipated milestones in a pharmacist’s path, signifies the end of the Foundation of Pharmacy orientation week and the beginning of students’ journeys in pharmacy school. It also symbolizes professionalism, caring and trust, which they must earn from patients.

The ceremony welcomes those embarking on their medical careers to the community of physicians by giving them this powerful symbol of compassion and honor.  While students are still trainees, the event symbolizes their entry into the profession of pharmacy.

During this event, HSOP Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Paul Jungnickel presented entering students with a white coat, the symbol of clinical service and care.  He stated, “The day of the white coat ceremony and graduation day are my two most favorite days on the HSOP’s academic calendar.”

The Class of 2021 is made up of 146 students with 123 on the Auburn Campus and 23 on the Mobile campus.

Pictured are local white coat recipients Zach McGrady, Marley Hudson, Priya Patel, and David Ellison. McGrady graduated from Fayetteville High School while Hudson, Patel, and Ellison graduated from Sylacauga High School.

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