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Congratulations To The Class Of 2018

2018 School of Pharmacy GraduationDuquesne University School of Pharmacy held its Annual Spring Commencement on May 19, 2018 in the AJ Palumbo Center. Graduating from the School of Pharmacy, 179 students earned the Doctor of Pharmacy degree; one student earned the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Pharmaceutics; three students earned the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Pharmacology; one student earned the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Medicinal Chemistry; one student earned the Master of Science Degree in Medicinal Chemistry; one student earned the Master of Science Degree in Pharmacy Administration; five students earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmaceutics; and four students earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Supply Chain Management.

School of Pharmacy students at the 2018 Commencement CeremonyDean J. Douglas Bricker, the seventh dean of the School, in his opening remarks stated, "The School of Pharmacy celebrates its 93rd year of educating the best-prepared pharmacists in the country. These women and men will join over 6,600 pharmacists who have graduated and are proud to call Duquesne University–their University."

This year's Commencement speaker was Nancy A. Huff (P'84), Director of Pharmacy for Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. Huff is also an assistant clinical professor at Northeastern University and an adjunct assistant professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Dean Bricker at the 2018 Commencement CeremonyThe day's events began with a Baccalaureate Mass in the Chapel. The Mass is a special beginning to the day-long celebration. A continental breakfast followed in the Student Union Ballroom, prior to the Commencement ceremony. Following the Commencement ceremony, the Dean and the Faculty of the School of Pharmacy hosted a gathering for the graduates and their families in the Student Union Ballroom.

Several graduates were honored with the following awards:

Chelsey Adams: United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award

Andrew Bever: Faculty Award

Michael Carcella: Mylan Award for Excellence in Pharmacy

Brittany Carney: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Outstanding Pharmacy Student Award

Kristen Cirbus: APhA-ASP Award for Interest and Service in Pharmacy Organization Work

Karly Dancsecs: APhA-ASP Award for Interest and Service in Pharmacy Organization Work

Ian Ford: Merck Manual Award for Academic Excellence

Samuel Kubas: Merck Manual Award for Academic Excellence

Courtney Olesky: Sara A. Corey Award for Involvement in Community Professional Programs; Lilly Achievement Award for Superior Scholastic and Professional Achievement and Leadership; Thomas J. Mattei Award for Excellence in Community Care

Thomas Rajchel: Wolters Kluwer Award of Excellence in Clinical Communications

Jennifer Termine: Merck Manual Award for Academic Excellence

Heather Walker: Merck Manual Award for Academic Excellence

Christine Zdaniewski: J. Cornetti Tucci Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutics

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