Congratulations! You are now on your way to becoming a PharmD, but first you need something very important… Your White Coat! The white coat ceremony symbolizes your passage into the profession of pharmacy. It is one of the most important milestones in your career, as it celebrates all the hard work you’ve done up to this point.
As an incoming P1 you may be a little nervous about this upcoming ceremony, but I assure you there is nothing to be nervous about 🙂 For this event, you should wear professional attire such as a nice dress or slacks and a dress shirt. I recommend inviting those who mean the most to you such as parents, grandparents, family, and loved ones as this is a big step in your professional career and I’m sure they’d love to take part! For those celebrating from afar, the ceremony is recorded live so they can watch online.
The ceremony will start with a few speeches from various pharmacists and students explaining the importance of the day and congratulating you on your achievements. Following that, you will be receiving your white coat from your mentor (who you will meet soon 🙂 ). After all students receive their white coat, you will then recite the Oath of a Pharmacist, which is a professional oath to the field of pharmacy.
With that, I’ll end with HUGE congratulations to you all! I am so excited for you to join our wonderful profession and see all of the amazing opportunities Ohio State College of Pharmacy has to offer you. Have fun, don’t forget to take pictures, and GO BUCKS!