Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-10-02

Members of Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy Class of 2012 will be recognized during a White Coat ceremony Friday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. at Shades Mountain Baptist Church.

The 123-member class, which includes students from 12 states and one foreign nation, is beginning a four-year professional curriculum that leads to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The students completed two or more years of undergraduate coursework prior to entering pharmacy school.

The ceremony will include the presentation of a white coat to each student and the taking of the pledge to the American Pharmaceutical Association's code of professionalism. Each student will be assisted by a personally-selected professional mentor.

The induction ceremony will be led by interim pharmacy dean Dr. Charles D. Sands III and pharmacy professors Dr. David R. Luthin, Dr. Amy E. Broeseker, Dr. Timothy E. Welty and Dr. H. Anthony McBride.

The program will include a talk by 2005 McWhorter pharmacy graduate Patrick Devereux, Pharm.D. Devereux is manager of FMS Pharmacy in Bessemer and clinical services director for its parent company, Family Medical Services, Inc. He is on the board of the Jefferson County Pharmacy Association and is active in state and national pharmacy associations.

A reception in Ingalls Hall on the Samford campus will follow the ceremony.

The McWhorter class of 2012 was chosen from 1,171 applicants. The pharmacy school enrolls a total 501 students.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.