A tradition that started in 1998, each year Drake’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences formally welcomes incoming students to the professional pharmacy program during our White Coat Ceremony. Each student is presented with her or his own white coat and nametag. Together, they recite the pledge of professionalism before their families, friends and the College faculty.
This ceremony serves as a symbolic rite of passage. Through the simple gesture of slipping a white coat over their shoulders, this ceremony is a meaningful celebration of the next chapter in these students’ lives – beginning the professional pharmacy and occupational therapy programs at Drake.
Alumni and friends of the college are asked to sponsor white coats for our incoming students. By sponsoring a student, our alums are sending a strong message to our students that they are part of a larger community of Drake friends, pharmacists and occupational therapists. Our students have been truly touched by the generosity of our alums that have participated in this program.
The cost to sponsor a student’s white coat is $100 ($50 for those who are within 10 years of graduation). Additional support will provide funds for the Student Travel Fund, which provides financial support for student attendance at professional meetings, scientific conferences or other professional development opportunities.