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Class of 2017 White Coat Ceremony

Student Pharmacists Mark Rite of Passage at White Coat Ceremony

Family members and friends of nearly 200 students gathered at Duquesne University on August 28 for the 11th annual White Coat Ceremony, which serves to mark pharmacy students' first year of professional study as pharmacists.

Hosted by the Mylan School of Pharmacy, this year's ceremony featured students entering the third year of the school's six-year Pharm.D. program. The students were presented with white coats that they will wear during their laboratory work and experiential education, and recited a pledge of professionalism.

David J. Wargo, vice president of North American technical service at Mylan Pharmaceuticals, delivered the keynote address at the White Coat Ceremony.

Rite Aid Pharmacy sponsored a reception following the ceremony

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.