Ceremony Marks Start of Journey in Pharmacy Studies
August 16, 2004

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WHO:  The entering first-year class of Mercer University's Southern School of Pharmacy
 
WHAT: Will participate in the Southern School of Pharmacy's White Coat Ceremony. They will be "cloaked" in their first white coat that symbolizes their commitment to the pharmacy profession. Dr. Judy L. Gardner, a 1987 graduate of the School of Pharmacy and a newly appointment member of Georgia's Board of Pharmacy, will deliver the keynote address to the students, their family members and friends. Dr. Gardner is director of Pharmaceutical Services at Northside Hospital.
 
WHEN: 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004
 
WHERE:  Sheffield Student Center, Mercer University, Cecil B. Day Campus, 3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta (One exit inside the northeast interchange of I-285)
 
WHY: Through the White Coat Ceremony, first-year pharmacy students gain a sense of the School's core values that focus on professionalism, respect, integrity and caring. By donning the white coat, students show their dedication to health care and the pharmacy profession. During the ceremony, students will recite an Oath of Professionalism, committing their professional careers and practices to excellence in pharmacy.
 
About the School: The Southern School of Pharmacy had another record-breaking year in applicants, with the largest applicant pool among the nation's pharmacy schools. This year, the School received more than 1,800 applicants for the 130 seats in its first-year class.
 
Directions to the School: From downtown Atlanta, take I-85 north. Take Exit 94 and turn right onto Chamblee-Tucker. At the second traffic light, turn right onto Mercer University Drive. Go straight, the entrance to the campus is on the right.
 
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