UH Hilo student pharmacists to pledge commitment in White Coat Ceremony

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Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

Forty-eight first-year University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo student pharmacists will recite the Oath of a Pharmacist at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy’s (DKICP) White Coat Ceremony Sunday, October 13 in the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. The event, which takes place from 2-4 p.m., is open to the public.

The ceremony signifies the rite of passage for students entering their first year in the professional program to affirm their commitment to the values of their profession, including professionalism, respect, integrity and compassion.

The audience will be addressed by UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin and DKICP Dean Carolyn Ma. Mr. Wil Okabe will speak on behalf of Mayor Harry Kim.

Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language will perform the mele ho’okipa, or welcoming chant, Ua Ao Hawaiʻi.

For the first time at a White Coat Ceremony, faculty, staff and students will perform Oi Ola Wai Honua, written by Taupouri Tangaro, director of Hawaiian Culture and Protocols Engagement for UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College. The oli, a Hawaiian chant, was introduced at the Class of 2019 Graduation Dinner and will be performed at all future DKICP events.

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