The School of Nursing hosted its sixth annual White Coat Ceremony on Sunday, January 26th, at Memorial Hall on Carolina’s campus, welcoming first year students in the School’s BSN and Accelerated BSN programs to the nursing profession.

The students were joined by faculty, staff and administrators of the School, along with family and friends for the ceremonial occasion, which is held at the beginning of each academic year to initiate new students in the BSN programs to nursing, and to emphasize humanistic, patient-centered care. As Vice Executive Dean Peggy Wilmoth noted during her remarks, the White Coat Ceremony is “a tradition that represents a proud rite of passage into a career guided by respect, humanism, excellence, expertise, compassion, collaboration, and dignity.”

Dean Nena Peragallo Montano presided over the ceremony, which featured keynote remarks by Associate Professor and former Assistant Dean Anita Tesh, PhD, BSN ’79, RN, ANEF.

Following the remarks, the students were each called to the stage by name and presented their embroidered coats. On hand as presenters were Louise Fleming, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Division and Undergraduate Program, Lesley Cogburn, BSN ’87, President-elect UNC School of Nursing Alumni Board, Megan Williams, Associate Professor, Chair, Baccalaureate Executive Committee, and William E. Self, BSBA ’57 President, UNC School of Nursing Board of Visitors.

“With the guidance of your faculty, you will be transformed into someone to whom people’s lives can be entrusted, someone who can yourself transform someone’s life, someone who can transform a community, and someone who can lead continuous improvement in quality and safety in healthcare –in just two years. That is truly remarkable.” – Anita Tesh

At the close of the ceremony, the students were asked to join all nurses in the audience in reciting the professional oath to “accept the duties and responsibilities that embody the nursing profession.” More pictures from the ceremony are available in this Facebook album.