September 17, 2013

Class of 2017 – White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony 2013

Paul Holifield ‘85/’95 with his daughter Megan Holifield, Class of ‘17

Aug. 23, 2013 | The Class of 2017 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy took their first steps toward becoming pharmacists at an Aug. 23 white coat ceremony. This was the 10th white coat ceremony at the College, since the tradition was started in 2003.

More than 500 family members, friends and faculty witnessed the 121 incoming students in the College of Pharmacy receive their white coats, which symbolize their commitment to the profession of pharmacy, their chosen field of study.

The College of Pharmacy’s white coat ceremony has been held since 2003 to recognize students’ transition into the life of a student-pharmacist.

Stephanie F. Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., College of Pharmacy dean, explained the components of the Oath of a Student Pharmacist, taken by students later in the ceremony, and the high level of credentials the incoming class holds.

The average grade point average of the incoming class was 3.51 and the average Pharmacy School Admittance Test score was 71. Seventy-four students have undergraduate degrees, three have master’s degrees and one student holds a doctoral degree. Of the 121 first-year students, 105 are from Arkansas and the other 16 are from Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri and Texas.