Congratulations to the Class of 2014
Mylan School of Pharmacy
Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy held its Annual Spring Commencement on May 24, 2014 in the AJ Palumbo Center. Graduating from the Mylan School of Pharmacy, 157 students earned the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, two students earned Bachelors of Science degrees in Health Care Supply Chain Management, and five students from the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences earned M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. Dean J. Douglas Bricker, the seventh dean of the School, in his opening remarks stated, "The School of Pharmacy celebrates its 89th year of educating the best-prepared pharmacists in the country. These women and men will join over 5,900 pharmacists who have graduated and are proud to call Duquesne University - their University."
This year's Commencement speaker was Thomas Menighan, Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Pharmacists Association. In this position, Mr. Menighan shares responsibility with the senior management team for leading the day-to-day activities of the 130 APhA professional staff. Mr. Menighan first addressed the Class of 2014 as the keynote speaker at their White Coat Ceremony. According to Dr. Bricker, the School of Pharmacy is pleased that he was able to address the class at the beginning of their professional studies, and then again at their commencement ceremony, four years later.
Mr. Menighan received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSPharm) degree from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and master of business administration (MBA) degree from Averett College.
He received an honorary doctor of science (ScD) degree from West Virginia University and he was awarded an ScD by the University of Charleston (West Virginia).
The day's events began with a Baccalaureate Mass in the Chapel concelebrated by Fr. Dan Walsh, Fr. Sean Hogan, and Fr. Naos McCool. In his homily, Fr. Walsh identified pharmacists as healers and asked them to embrace their responsibilities to serve all mankind. Each graduate's hands were anointed with sacred oils. The Mass is a special beginning to the day-long celebration. A continental breakfast followed in the Africa Room prior to the Commencement ceremony. Following the Commencement ceremony, the Mylan School of Pharmacy hosted a gathering for the graduates and their families in the Africa Room.
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