HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 23, 2019 – High Point University welcomed its fourth cohort of pharmacy students in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, the Triad region’s only pharmacy school.
On Aug. 18, 59 students and their families took part in a traditional White Coat Ceremony to welcome them into the profession. The white coat is often seen as a symbol of authority, purity, professionalism, caring and trust.
“Attending pharmacy school at HPU means having access to diverse faculty and resources that will prepare students for a changing healthcare community,” said Mackenzie Brockel, from Neptune Township, New Jersey, after she received her white coat. “I am excited for the opportunity to grow as both a student pharmacist and healthcare professional as I learn about skills that will make an impact on others.”
Students also dedicated Aug. 19 as a day of service to the city of High Point and completed various service projects. Students volunteered at Habitat for Humanity of High Point, Archdale and Trinity, Triad Food Pantry, West End Ministries, Washington Street Enrichment Program and The Community Clinic of High Point.
“Giving back to the community is an important element of pharmacy,” said Brockel. “Volunteering within the city of High Point served as a good reminder to all of us that our main purpose is to maintain the welfare of all community members through medicine and beyond. This opportunity, as well as future service, is enough to give us the inspiration to take on the journey of becoming pharmacists.”
These students are the fourth class 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. The first class will graduate in spring 2020.