The Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy conducted its White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2014 on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Edward N. Jones Auditorium on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus.

During the ceremony, which marks students entering their second year of studies, 87 pharmacy students were recognized.

The event is a meaningful tradition in which students receive their white coats – the symbol of clinical service and care. This rite of passage, occurring after a completed year of study, marks the transition from pharmacy student to patient health care provider. By donning the white coat, students demonstrate their dedication to health care and the pharmacy profession.

Indra K. Reddy, Ph.D., founding dean of the TAMHSC-Rangel College of Pharmacy, recognized the members of the Class of 2014 and acknowledged their family members, spouses and supporters in attendance. Faculty members and preceptors who were present received special recognition for their guidance, mentorship and commitment they have and will continue to share with the class.

Andrés Malavé, Ph.D., M.S., dean of Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, served as keynote speaker, offering remarks regarding the characteristics and expectations of a good pharmacist.

“As health care providers, we have been given the opportunity and mandate to serve our patients,” Dr. Malavé said. “It’s quite simple; our expectation is that you become good pharmacists.”

The Class of 2014 then walked on stage to have their white coats donned upon them and by doing so agreed to take full responsibility on a commitment to compassionate care and a dedication to serving their communities. A reception followed in the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center on the TAMUK campus.

— Andrew Ramirez