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White coat ceremony marks half-way point for ONU pharmacy students

Third-year pharmacy students accepted their white coats in a formal ceremony on Nov. 12. (photo/Office of Communications & Marketing)

Third-year pharmacy students accepted their white coats in a formal ceremony on Nov. 12. (photo/Office of Communications & Marketing)

Ohio Northern University’s third-year students of the Raabe College of Pharmacy received their white coats on Nov. 12, 2016. At the solemn, significant occasion, students were asked to take an oath of professional commitment after receiving their white coats from their mentors to signify their commitment to the profession and their future patients.

The ceremony began by Dean of the College of Pharmacy Steve Martin, who welcomed President Daniel DiBiasio, students, mentors, family members, guests and ONU staff members.

Martin delivered the opening remarks for the ceremony. During his speech, Martin said, “I make you all honorary Polar Bears for the day. Students, I urge you to spend some time today talking with your new mentor, and begin a relationship that I hope will never end.”

While Martin was talking to the third-year students, he drew the students’ attention to the continuation of their educational career at ONU, as well as their future careers with hundreds of patients.

During these next three years, you will all be involved in the lives of hundreds of patients. You should learn from each one of them, and you will also serve each one of them in ways you can’t begin to imagine. For many of you, you will change the lives of your patients. You begin this journey now, and it will continue throughout your career,” Martin said.

ONU parent Lisa Thurnall, mother of third-year pharmacy student Alexandra Thurnall, spoke of her gratitude in the university’s guidance in helping her daughter learn the essential skills to become a future pharmacist.

“We chose ONU because it’s a direct admit into the pharmacy program. We also like the fact that’s it a small private school. Our daughter is very happy with the ONU pharmacy program,” Thurnall said.

After receiving her white coat, pharmacy student Ayah Daghistani said, “We finished half of the way, we are striving to finish the rest of our pathway.”