By Steve Vodhanel
Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy convocation ceremony for the Pharm.D. degree took place Sunday, May 29 on the central campus mall. This year saw the largest class in the six years of LLUSP graduating classes with 58 students receiving the Pharm.D. degree.
Speaking to the 58 graduates was Lucinda L. Maine, PhD, Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and Executive Vice President of the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions, with a thought-provoking speech titled “Discerning Our Path Forward.” Dr. Maine is recognized as the leading advocate for high-quality pharmacy education in the United States as well as abroad.
Class president Scott D. Glenny addressed the ceremony by first telling the audience that four years of pharmacy school taught him that there is a greater plan for what we all shall do, and then calling on the newly conferred Doctors of Pharmacy to “…be the servant you were born to be.”
Several awards for outstanding service and excellence were presented during the graduating ceremony:
Dean’s Award - Phuong Thao Thi Tran
Wil Alexander Whole Person Care Award - Jean Pierre Bullon
President’s Award - Jefmar Dickey
School Distinguished Service Award - Teresa Hodgkins, PharmD, and Ms. Jackie Valcourt
Class president Scott Glenny about to receive the PharmD degree.