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Jillian Robert of Sykesville was recognized in Clemson University's White Coat Ceremony, which commemorates the entrance of first-year students into nursing school.

Clemson's School of Nursing is one of only 100 in the nation chosen to take part in the tradition, which began at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1993 as a way to emphasize patient-centered care. It now is a practice in 96 percent of all accredited medical schools in the United States.

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The expansion of White Coat ceremonies into nursing schools, including Clemson's, is supported in part by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The Clemson ceremony was planned by the School of Nursing's Student Nurses Association.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works with health-care professionals in training and in practice to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for patients and professionals. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing sets standards, provides resources and develops the leadership capacity of member schools to advance nursing education, research and practice.

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Clemson University is in South Carolina.

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