Over 50 first-year students in the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy at Palm Beach Atlantic University participated in the school’s professional covenant ceremony, during which the students received their white coats symbolizing their public commitment to the profession of pharmacy.
Family members, friends and supporters attended the ceremony, which was held in the DeSantis Family Chapel.
Dr. Abel Carranza, 2017 Gregory School of Pharmacy outstanding graduate who presently serves as a pharmacy resident at Martin Health Systems, delivered the keynote address. He presented the students with advice to follow throughout their pharmacy journey.
His first word of advice was to be open to take leadership positions. Carranza said that these positions, no matter the setting, are opportunities to learn, serve and advance the profession of pharmacy.
Secondly, Carranza advised the students that the white coat ceremony and pharmacy graduation are only the beginning of their pharmacy career.
“The road to becoming a pharmacist is not easy. If you focus on your studies, persevere and seek God for wisdom and strength, you will achieve your goals,” said Carranza.
Sponsors for the event included Atlantis Pharmacy, Cleveland Clinic Florida and the Palm Beach County Pharmacy Association.