The College of Pharmacy’s Student Affairs Office, in conjunction with other College and University units, hosts several annual signature events, which includes Orientation, Career Days, White Coating, and Commencement.

New Student Orientation

The Student Affairs Office is responsible for new student orientation programming and activities. Information regarding new student orientation is located on our Admissions page for ease of access and accessibility – Please visit for all of the latest and greatest information regarding New Student Orientation programming and related activities. If you have any questions regarding orientation, please feel free to contact our office at or 352-273-6217

Pathways to Pharmacy Careers

As a new and improved career day event, the focus of Pathways to Pharmacy Careers is to provide  information on the career opportunities of today’s pharmacists.  We will have pharmacists speaking about their specific career choices to highlight their pathways to their chosen fields.  There will be an exhibit hall of employers and educational programs, opportunities for interviews with potential employers, and a showcase session offering tips/advice on preparing to become a successful interviewee.

When we have the confirmation of employers, speakers, and showcase presenters that information will be posted here as well as emailed.

White Coating

The Annual College of Pharmacy Professional Coating Ceremony was established to recognize and confirm your progression toward becoming a professional practitioner of pharmacy. The Professional Coating Ceremony represents your growth in your ability and responsibility to provide pharmaceutical care to patients. We willingly support your efforts in becoming a University of Florida graduate pharmacist. We look forward to the near future, when you will be taking care of patients as a Gator pharmacist. The foundational knowledge and life-long learning skills you obtain at the University of Florida will serve you well throughout your professional career.

University of Florida: Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Gainesville, Florida
April 4, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What should I wear?
The ceremony is a professional event and therefore students should adhere to professional business attire.

How can I watch the live streaming of the White Coat Ceremony?
Live streaming may be available for the ceremony. Check back the week prior to the ceremony for the link.

How long is the ceremony?
The ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours.

Where can I park?
Parking will be available at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Please click here for a campus map.

Will food be served?
No food will be served at the event.


The faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy and the Gator Nation congratulates you on your academic achievements. Commencement is a special ceremony commemorating your graduation from the University of Florida and from the College of Pharmacy.

We know that graduation is one of the most exciting times of your academic career, yet, no matter how many times you’ve walked, graduation can also be hectic and stressful. The information offered to you here is an effort to help make your life easier as commencement draws near.

Information about this year’s ceremony can be found both on this page and at the University’s main commencement page for all students at

University of Florida: Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Gainesville, Florida
Saturday – May 18, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Checklists for Students

Additional information for guests can be found at the University’s main commencement landing page at