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    Pharmacy Students Enter Professional Study With White Coat Ceremony

    Nearly 200 students from Duquesne University will mark their entrance into their first year of professional study as pharmacists at the Mylan School of Pharmacy’s annual White Coat Ceremony.

    The students, who are entering their third year of the school’s six-year Pharm.D. program, will recite a pledge of professionalism at the ceremony and be presented with white coats that they will wear during their laboratory work and experiential education.

    Michael DeCoske, associate chief pharmacy officer for ambulatory services at Duke University, will give the keynote address. In addition to being a licensed pharmacist, DeCoske is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. He is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists and the International Pharmaceutical Federation. DeCoske is a 2007 graduate of the Mylan School of Pharmacy.

    When: Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m.

    Where: Fourth Floor Union Ballroom, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave.

    Information: Media can arrange parking by calling Rose Ravasio at 412.818.0234.

    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 10 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.