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

School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony is a featured event of the School of Pharmacy. We hope you will find this page helpful in planning your visit to Portland.

About the 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.

Upcoming Ceremonies

Class of 2024

  • Date: Friday, September 3, 2021
  • Time: 5 p.m. Reception, 6 p.m. Ceremony
  • Location: University of New England, Innovation Hall 104, 716 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME 04103

Class of 2025

  • Date: Friday, September 10, 2021.
  • Time: 5 p.m. Reception, 6 p.m. Ceremony
  • Location: University of New England, Innovation Hall 104, 716 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME 04103

Additional Event Information

Students will receive an electronic invitation that they can share with their families. To RSVP, you can call the School of Pharmacy at (207) 221-4500 and provide your name, student's name, and number in your party or RSVP online.

Students should dress in professional business attire and footwear. Guests should wear a dress shirt and tie or a blouse and slacks, skirts, or dresses.

If you wish to sponsor a student's white coat, 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. Learn more about White Coat Sponsorship



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

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