TTUHSC School of Pharmacy Class of 2021 White Coat Ceremony

Class of 2021 was recognized in preparation for the next four years

AMARILLO - Aspiring pharmacists received their traditional white pharmacy coats Sunday afternoon. 

The Texas Tech School of Pharmacy Class of 2021 were recognized in preparation for the next four years. 

Quentin Smith, the dean of the school of pharmacy explained how pharmacy is a service profession. Pharmacists serve people who are ill and coming to them for help. 

Sunday's ceremony serves as the starting point for the incoming students and what they are going to learn through their four-year doctor of pharmacy program. Receiving the white coat is a reminder of the commitment the students are making to their profession.
 
"This is where the white coat becomes important. They're putting the white coat on, they're starting to realize that right with the beginning of their training, this is real, they're part of a profession," Smith said. 
 
As part of the ceremony, students not only were presented their white coats, but they also recited the Oath of A Pharmacist. Wearing the coat and reciting the oath provides an early induction into the brotherhood of pharmacy for the Class of 2021.
 
"Pharmacy is held to a very high respect because you know if somebody has a white coat on, they put their heart and soul into it. It's something you have to be passionate about," Lauren Clough, TTUHSC pharmacy school student said.
 
The first day of the fall semester starts Monday, August 14.
 
Dean Smith said the curriculum is not just in the classroom, but also in the community by doing projects, clinics, and community service. 
 
There have been close to 1,500 pharmacists that have graduated from the program. 

 


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