White Coat Ceremonies to welcome health professions students

White Coat Ceremonies to welcome health professions students


NDSU College of Health Professions students will mark their admission into the professional pharmacy and nursing programs during upcoming White Coat Ceremonies.

The School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony is set for Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. in NDSU’s Festival Concert Hall. The Fargo Nursing White Coat Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, at 1:30 p.m. at Festival Concert Hall. The School of Nursing at Sanford Health’s Scholarship Recognition and White Coat Ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27, at 5 p.m. in the Bavendick Stateroom in Bismarck, North Dakota.

The annual White Coat Ceremony welcomes students into the pharmacy and nursing professional programs. Each student receives a white coat symbolizing his or her duty and dedication to patients as they enter the profession.

A total of 275 students are expected to participate in the Fargo and Bismarck ceremonies.

“The White Coat Ceremony symbolizes students’ commitment to their respective professions and to their patients, while they uphold the highest standards of professionalism,” said Charles Peterson, dean of the College of Health Professions. “During the ceremonies, we ask students to take an oath in pharmacy and a pledge in nursing to profess their responsibility and commitment to serve the public, the profession and their future patients. They will again take the oath or pledge when they graduate.”

The White Coat Ceremony at NDSU began in 2003 in the School of Pharmacy and in 2013 in the School of Nursing.

The NDSU School of Pharmacy educates students and practitioners, advances research and scholarship, delivers quality patient care and provides service to the profession.

With sites in Bismarck and Fargo, the NDSU School of Nursing offers accredited programs to part- and full-time students, working professionals and students seeking online educational opportunities.

As a student-focused, land grant, research university, we serve our citizens.