HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 23, 2017 – The 74 new students in High Point University’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, the only pharmacy school in the Triad, have ingrained themselves as important family members on the HPU campus and in the High Point community in just their first week of studies.
The students were officially welcomed into the profession at the White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 20, held inside the new Callicutt Auditorium in Congdon Hall. The white coat, worn by medical professionals, is often seen as a symbol of authority, purity, professionalism, caring and trust.
“We were honored to welcome these new students into the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy,” said Dr. Ron Ragan, dean of the school. “Each student was coated at the White Coat Ceremony by a faculty member as an official welcome to the profession. Donning the white coat symbolizes their lifelong commitment to providing exceptional patient care.”
Students also dedicated Aug. 21 as a day of service to the High Point community and completed service projects around the city at World Relief, Washington Street Enrichment Program, Triad Food Pantry, West End Ministries and Habitat for Humanity.
“This day teaches us that we can accomplish great things in the classroom and in the community at the same time,” said Carrie Lutheran, a student from Cleveland, Ohio. “It mirrors the way pharmacists serve others in their roles every day, and it feels good to be at a university that gives back to its community.”
These students are the second class ever to enter HPU’s pharmacy school. The first class entered campus in fall 2016 and established the tradition of committing a day of service in the city where they’ll live and learn.
“These pharmacy students performed a much-needed deep cleaning of our facility today, which is so important before our children start back to school and return to our program,” said Jakki Davis, executive director of D-UP, a local nonprofit that operates an after-school program in the Ritz Theater on Washington Street. “The way they come in with a heart to serve is great, and I know we’ll continue to see them throughout all of their years at HPU.”