More than 100 University of Maine nursing students took an oath at Friday evening's white coat ceremony, vowing to deliver the best care to their future patients in a caring and compassionate way.
During the ceremony, students received their white coats and lapel pins with the phrase "Keeping Healthcare Human."
To address the state's nursing shortage that is expected to grow, the University's nursing program recently lifted its undergraduate enrollment cap.
"We're excited about this because it is an opportunity for us to plant a stake in the ground if you will, and say we're on the side of the people of Maine," said Dr. Mary Walker, director of the School of Nursing. "We really want to be part of the solution for health resources in the state."
This year's class of 118 students marks the largest in recent history for the School of Nursing.