U H Hilo pharmacy students taking pledge

Forty-eight first-year University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo student pharmacists recited the Oath of a Pharmacist at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy’s (DKICP) White Coat Ceremony on October 13, in the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.

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.

UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin said, “I am proud of our students and grateful for the fact that they are going into a health profession where they can epitomize our mission of serving the region and the state with well qualified graduates.”

Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikolani College of Hawaiian Language performed the mele hoʻokipa, or welcoming chant, Ua Ao Hawaiʻi.

For the first time at a White Coat Ceremony, faculty, staff and students performed 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.

professor helping student put on white coat
Professor Supakit Wongwiwatthananukit helps first-year student pharmacist Brandi Hughes put on the White Coat at DKICP Class of 2023 White Coat Ceremony October 13. Also on stage are, from left, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lara Gomez, faculty members Bryce Fukunaga and Michelle Kim and Daryl Masanda, director of the Office of Student Affairs. (Photo credit: Robbyn Peck)