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College of pharmacy and health sciences
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

White Coat and Hooding Ceremonies

White Coat Ceremony

Pharmacy and PA students standing 6 feet apart on a lawn for a group photo

On October 10, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosted its 20th Annual White Coat Ceremony as a socially distanced event. This year, the College welcomed 70 Physician Assistant students and 119 P1 Pharmacy students in the first year of their professional programs and into their respective professional communities.

Speakers for the White Coat Ceremony included Adam Wischmeier, a 2005 graduate of Butler's Doctor of Pharmacy Program and Greg Fox, Pharmacy Department Merchandiser for the Central Division of Kroger. They welcomed the students into their respective professional journeys. Kroger was the sponsor of the White Coat Ceremony.

The White Coat Ceremony carries the symbolism of past accomplishments, entry into the professional program, and support from the faculty and families. Since 2000, over 3,000 Butler Pharmacy and PA students have received their first white coats through donations from parents, alumni, faculty, staff, professional partners, and friends of the college.

Congratulations to the PA Class of 2022 and the Pharmacy Class of 2024!


Three students on stage being coated with their white coat by faculty members  


Hooding Ceremony

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Butler's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosted a Virtual Hooding Ceremony on May 9th, 2020. This year, 175 students earned degrees from Butler’s Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Physician Assistant Students. Faculty members were honored with awards from the Class of 2019. Hanna Sutton, PA Class President, and Madeline Eisenhut, Pharmacy Class President spoke on behalf of their respective classes and presented the following awards. 

  • PA Preceptor of the Year – Bridget McGrath, PA-C
  • PA Clinical Instructor of the Year – Kevin Bogenschutz, PA-C
  • PA Program Faculty of the Year – Kali Veness, PA-C
  • Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year – Jamalyn Casey, PharmD
  • Pharmacy Practice Professor of the Year – Tracey Costello, PharmD
  • Pharmaceutical Science Professor of the Year – Kim Beck, PhD
  • Dr. Terry L. Hageboeck Award Winners – Lindsay Saum, PharmD and Veronica Vernon, PharmD

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is pleased that, despite the current pandemic, Butler University has scheduled Commencement for all May, August, and December 2020 graduates on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM (EST) in Hinkle Fieldhouse. We encourage you to review the rescheduled commencement announcement from the Provost posted on April 16, 2020. The College will recognize our graduates who are able to attend in December with a special ceremony the afternoon prior to Commencement including the honoring of our graduates receiving Masters and higher degrees with their academic hoods. More details will be shared with our graduates as the event approaches.

COPHS Hooding Ceremony 2019


White Coat Fund