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First-year pharmacy students stand in their white coats and recite the pledge of professionalism

The White Coat Ceremony is a featured event of the School of Pharmacy. Due to COVID-19, the Class of 2024 White Coat Ceremony will occur in the spring semester with the date and time to be determined. 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 School 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 sent to the student-specified address. Students are encouraged to bring guests with them to celebrate this special occasion.

How do I RSVP?

We have two options for RSVP. You can call the School of Pharmacy directly at (207) 221-4500 and provide your name, student's name, and number in your party or RSVP here.

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

Class of 2024 ceremony date and time to be determined. The ceremony will start at 6 p.m., however, we ask that the students of the Class of 2024 arrive at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available at 5 p.m.

Where will the weekend events and ceremony take place?

University of New England, Innovation Hall 104
716 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME 04103

What is the recommended attire?

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

Can I sponsor a student's white coat?

Yes, you can. Your sponsorship will remind our students of the strong community of alumni, parents, and professionals who support them through the four years at the University of New England School of Pharmacy. Class of 2024 White Coat Sponsorship

What are the directions and parking accommodations?

What if I would like to make overnight accommodations? 

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.

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