Posted by Brad Radice on 2011-10-06

Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy will hold its White Coat Ceremony at Shades Mountain Baptist Church Friday, Oct. 7.

                Students of pharmacy will be recognized and presented their white coat by Dr. Charles Sands, Dean and Professor of Pharmacy, and their coater.

                The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage for pharmacy students as they accept the role and responsibility of a professional.   It officially welcomes them to commit to the ethics and values of the profession.

                All pharmacists in attendance will recite the American Pharmacists Association Pledge of Professionalism.

                Dr. Todd Edgar will be the keynote speaker for the event.  He is a McWhorter School of Pharmacy graduate and is currently a national director of contracting and pricing strategy for Allergen, a pharmaceutical manufacturer.


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.