Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-10-06Members of the newest class at Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy will participate in the traditional White Coat ceremony Friday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at Shades Mountain Baptist Church.
The 128-member class, which includes students from 15 states, will take the pledge to the American Pharmaceutical Association’s code of professionalism and receive white coats. Each student will be assisted by a personally-selected professional mentor.
The class 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 be led by pharmacy dean Dr. Charles D. Sands III and professors Dr. Amy Broeseker, Dr. Erica Cretton-Scott, Dr. Roger Lander and Dr. Ami Teague. Guest speaker will be 2007 McWhorter pharmacy graduate Dr. Marsha Gilbreath, who practices at HealthSouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital in Birmingham.
A reception will follow in Ingalls Hall on the Samford campus.
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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.