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White Coat Ceremony



At this solemn, yet momentous occasion, P3 students will be asked to take an oath of Professional Commitment and receive White Coats to signify their commitment to the profession and their future patients.  

Schedule of Events:

  • This year's ceremony is on November 14, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in the Field House of the King Horn Sports Center on ONU's campus in Ada, Ohio. Parking is free and available close to the ceremony on a first come/first served basis.
  • Mentor-Mentee breakfast in the McIntosh Dining Hall at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
    -   After breakfast, students and mentors should arrive in the Sports Center no later than 9:45 a.m. to line-up and get instructions.
    -   The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last approximately one hour.
  • A reception (with light appetizers) and Student Organization Showcase following the ceremony in the Field House.

Keynote Speaker, Mr. Hanley Wheeler, BSPh ’82

Hanley Wheeler is the senior vice president of field operations for the West Division of CVS/pharmacy. In this position, Wheeler is responsible for strategic oversight and P&L for the field and store organizations in the western half of the United States, and he will assume leadership of the Target Channel pharmacies nationwide. Wheeler is involved in setting strategy for CVS/pharmacy with his role on the Retail Leadership Team, and he partners with field leadership to deliver on this strategy for customers and colleagues.

Wheeler began his career as a pharmacy intern with Revco Drug in Cleveland, Ohio. He held various field management positions with Revco (district manager, region manager, area vice president) and was director of internal operations prior to CVS’ acquisition of Revco in 1997. As an area vice president with CVS, he was responsible for the stores in the Midwest as well as the new market entries in Chicago, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Southern California. He was promoted to the role of senior vice president of field operations in 2005.

Wheeler earned his Bachelor of Science from the Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy in 1982. He received the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

Wheeler will join the Ohio Northern University Board of Trustees in October 2015, and he has recently accepted a position as a board member of the national chapter of the American Lung Association. Wheeler is a past chair of the Board of the Indiana Retail Council, and he resides in Fishers, Ind.


Important Dates

Mentor Registration Deadline:  Friday, October 2, 2015


What time is the ceremony?
The ceremony is November 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM in the Field House.  Students and mentors need to be there at 9:45 AM.  Please meet in the King Horn south gym.

What time is the Mentor-Mentee Breakfast?
Breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. 

Who will receive an invitation?
Your parents will receive a formal invitation in the mail the first week of October.  The entire family is welcome and no tickets are necessary.  Students and mentors will not receive a formal invitation. Mentors will receive e-mail notifications about the ceremony and links to this website. Please check with your mentor to make sure they received the e-mail correspondence.

Who can be a mentor?
A mentor must be a pharmacist.

What if I don’t have someone that I want to ask to be my mentor?
A mentor will be assigned to you in October.

How will the ceremony proceed?
The white coats will be passed out before the ceremony. They will be given to your mentor when you line up. This will eliminate having the stage crowded with tables for the white coats and the need to pass them out during the ceremony.

When do I get my signed Oath?
You will receive your previously signed 'Code of Professionalism' off stage. It will be in a plastic folder to keep it from getting torn or wrinkled. You will read the abbreviated oath at the end of the ceremony.

How long will the ceremony last?
Dean Martin will give the opening and closing remarks. The entire ceremony should not last too much longer than an hour.

Is there a reception after the ceremony?
Yes. There will be a reception (with light appetizers) and Student Organization Showcase following the ceremony in the Field House.

What is the dress code for Mentees?
Dress should be professional. If you wear a suit, you should leave your jacket at home since you will be putting on and wearing a white coat. Your mentor should also dress professionally, but not in a white coat.

What is the dress code for Mentors?
Mentors are expected to have professional dress but a white coat is not necessary.

Where should the guests sit?
Programs and seating will be available for your guests in the King Horn Field House during the time you are lining up in the South Gym.

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