The University of South Carolina Beaufort will conduct a white coat ceremony for the Department of Nursing and Health Professions class of 2016 at 1 p.m. Friday.
The event will take place at the Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St. in Beaufort.
The white coat ceremony is a rite of passage that takes place in accredited schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and some nursing programs throughout the United States and abroad. It marks the student's transition from the study of preclinical health sciences to clinical health sciences.
The ceremony involves a formal "robing" or "cloaking" of students in white coats traditionally been worn by health care professionals for more than 100 years.
Through special funding from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the ceremony has been extended to baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing programs, including the program at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.
USCB's program is one of only three such programs in South Carolina to receive this special funding and recognition.