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UT Tyler Fisch College of Pharmacy Welcomes Class of 2027 with White Coat Ceremony

FCOP Class of 2027: Pictured are (l to r, back to front) Alaa Alsamawi, Adrian Amaro Jr., Kyla Barnes, Jacob Barnhill, Melody Battles, Kendall Bright, Jayden Bryant, Jordan Chapin, Courtney Eberlan, Aysha Ehsan, Zoë Koppersmith, Leah Lawrence, Arturo Mancias, Emma McIntyre, Shelby Nichols, Shivam Patel, Michael Pimentel-Galvan, Ashitha Saji, Brooke Sheffield, Justin Shell, Bradley Thorn and Patricia Whyte.

Twenty-two first-year students from the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy received their white coats in a ceremony at The University of Texas at Tyler. This marks the beginning of their Doctor of Pharmacy Education at UT Tyler and of their pharmacy careers.

“Receiving your first white coat is a significant moment for students, as they officially enter the profession of pharmacy,” said Dr. Amy Schwartz, Fisch College of Pharmacy dean. “The faculty and student body look forward to officially welcoming our new students to the profession and the Fisch College of Pharmacy family.”

Jay Bueche, the managing director of pharmacy at H-E-B, served as the keynote speaker. Bueche encouraged the pharmacy students to be a positive force of change. SaMoan Brown, a second-year pharmacy student, served as the class representative and guest speaker. During the ceremony, students recited the Pledge of Professionalism and donned their white coats, symbolizing their commitment to prioritize clinical service and care. Dr. Henna Vazirani, a Fisch College of Pharmacy preceptor, led students in reciting the pledge.

For students interested in Fall 2024 admission, The University of Texas at Tyler Fisch College of Pharmacy is hosting an open house 4:30–7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the W.T. Brookshire Hall lobby. Students will have an opportunity to meet with the faculty and staff and learn more about the available programs and the application process. For more information, please contact pharmacy admissions at 903.565.5777 or

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 10,000 students. Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

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