2022 School Of Pharmacy Commencement Commencement Ceremony

May 21, 2022

10:30 AM | UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse

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2022 Commencement Ceremony Program

Patricia A. Epple, Retired Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association CEO, To Give 2022 Commencement Address

Patricia A. Epple, CAEPatricia A. Epple, CAE, will address graduates at the 2022 School of Pharmacy Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at the UPMC Chuck Cooper Fieldhouse and receive an honorary doctoral degree in Business Leadership from Duquesne University.

Epple retired as the chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association in 2020 after nearly 20 years with the organization where she oversaw public policy development, strategic direction, government relations advocacy, and professional development and recruitment and retention initiatives. She was instrumental in the development and organization of Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network through a Pennsylvania Department of Health grant and laid the groundwork for a successful partnership with all seven Pennsylvania pharmacy schools that continues to this day.

Additionaly, legislator engagement is at an all-time high thanks to her successful efforts to create a legislative pharmacy caucus, engage government stakeholders, and build relationships with legislators. Many legislative issues affecting pharmacists, such as immunization expansion, collaborative practice in the community setting, reimbursement issues and more have passed or gained recognition due to her efforts. Her management of the Educational Foundation brought in over $500,000 help fund numerous projects that have shaped the practice of pharmacy for the future. Under her leadership, PPA continues to be among the top state pharmacy associations in the country.

Graduate Spotlight

Tetyana ChubkoThousands of Miles from Home, Duquesne Student Serves Ukrainians Here and Abroad

Tetyana Chubko may be thousands of mile from her homeland in Kalush, Ukraine. But she is still finding ways to serve her fellow countrymen.

The Duquesne University student, who will graduate this month with a doctoral degree in pharmacy, came to Pittsburgh in 2007 with no knowledge of the English language. Since then, she has earned two academic degrees, got married, had a child and helped her mother recover from cancer. After graduation, she will take on a new job as a pharmacist at Walgreens in Carnegie, Pennsylvania which boasts a large Ukrainian population.

Now, though, she finds her thoughts reside with her two brothers, step-father and half-brother who are fighting the war in Ukraine.

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