White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony is a featured event of the College of Pharmacy. The White Coat Ceremony will occur this year on Saturday, September 27. There will be an Open House held at the College of Pharmacy on Friday, September 26 from 4:00-7:00 p.m., with more details below. We hope you will find this page informative and helpful in planning your visit to Portland.

What is a White Coat Ceremony?

The White Coat Ceremony is a significant and meaningful tradition that symbolizes the students' commitment to the profession of pharmacy and the professionalism that is expected of students within the College of Pharmacy and in their eventual practice. As a student of pharmacy, professionalism means to practice with excellence and accountability, and to always act with respect, honor, and integrity.

During the ceremony the students are asked to recite an oath in which they pledge their professionalism. The students will wear a white coat representing their commitment to clinical care and service.

Will the student be receiving an invitation?

Yes, a formal invitation will be send to the student-specified address in September. Students may bring guests with them to celebrate this special occasion. We ask that guests respond to the invitation online with the number attending.

What is the date and time of the White Coat Ceremony?

Saturday, September 27, 2014. The Ceremony will start at 11:00 a.m., however we ask that the students of the Class of 2018 arrive at 9:00 a.m.

What other events will be available to us over the weekend?

There will be an open house available for families and friends to attend with their students to tour the College of Pharmacy Building and meet faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be available.

Where will the weekend events and ceremony take place?

Westbrook Performing Arts Center at the Westbrook Middle School
471 Stroudwater St, Westbrook, ME 04092

What is the recommended attire?

Sunday White Coat Ceremony:
Students: Professional business attire and footwear
For Men:  Dress shirt and slacks, tie.
For Women: Dress slacks or skirt, blouse, dress.

What are the directions and parking accommodations?

Directions to the Westbrook Performing Arts Center
Ample parking is available, both in front and behind the Performing Arts Center.

What if I would like to make overnight accommodations? 

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Contact Information

If you have any further questions regarding the White Coat Ceremony or other events, please feel free to contact us at copdeansoffice@une.edu or (207) 221-4500.