OSU/OHSU College of Pharmacy Class of 2017
On Friday, June 16, 2017, OSU/OHSU College of Pharmacy conferred 73 Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Degrees, 2 Doctors of Philosophy, and 1 Masters of Science. 1 of the 73 PharmD graduates also received a Master of Business Administration degree from the OSU College of Business. Dean Mark Zabriskie began the ceremony by welcoming family and friends of the 119th class of OSU College of Pharmacy to the 17th annual commencement ceremony.
The Louie Family celebrating Brittany Louie (’17), Courtney Louie (’17), Michael Kiso (’17), and Kenny Le (’17)
Dean Zabriskie then went on to address the graduates and guests by offering interesting facts about the class of 2017, including average age (29), percentage of male to female (44% versus 56%, respectively), and the percentage of Oregon residents (77%). It is also notable that 23 graduates will further their professional development by pursuing postgraduate training in the form of a pharmacy residency. Additionally, 3 students will continue working toward earning their Masters of Business Administration or another Master’s Degree.
Vikki Lee (’17) with friends
Class President, Matthew Thomas (`17) addressed the graduates and audience with a story about perseverance. His address reminded the class of the importance of supporting one another and finished by challenging the class to “make a difference” throughout their careers as pharmacists.
Susan Fedler (’17)
Oregon State University Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Edward Feser and Oregon Health & Science University Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Elena Andresen, honored graduates with inspiring speeches. Provost Feser spoke about the graduates entering the pharmacy profession as leaders and partners of a diverse healthcare team. Provost Andresen spoke about the partnership between OSU and OHSU that prepares pharmacy graduates to move into their careers as drug experts and clinicians.
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Taylor Martin (’17), with father, Steve Martin (’75), and Alumni Director, Paige Clark (’85)
Outstanding Graduate Award winner, Amanda Jones (’17)
All graduates were celebrated during the graduation ceremony, and a few exceptional students were recognized for their outstanding work over the last four years. Dr’s. Mark Leid (’90) and Theresa Filtz presented the following 11 students with 7 distinguished awards for the work they have accomplished in the classroom, clinics, and community:
• Shiela McCollam (’17): Mylan Excellence in
• Jennifer Rubinstein (’17): Excellence in Clinical Communication Award sponsored by Wolters Kluwer
• Alexander Boyd (’17) & Manuela Pop (’17): Merck Outstanding Student in Pharmacy Award
• Jennifer Lee (’17): Teva Pharmaceuticals, U.S.A, Outstanding Student Award
• Victoria Li (’17): Eli Lilly Achievement Award
• Taylor Martin (17′): APhA-ASP Senior
• Amanda Jones (’17), Victor Tran (’17), Thi
Nguyen (’17), & Susan Fedler (’17): College of Pharmacy Outstanding Graduate Award
Ogechukwu Erinne (’17) with 2017 Class President
Matthew Thomas (’17)
In closing, Dean Zabriskie welcomed the graduates to the OSU/OHSU College of Pharmacy alumni family. He encouraged them to continue their relationship with the College by attending continuing education programs, connecting with the College for events, networking, and professional development, as well as attending homecoming, reunions and to continue cheering on
Shan Li Ph.D. (’17) and Mohamad Nzari Ph.D. (’17)
Steve Bass (’04) with Alumni Director, Paige Clark (’85)
After the ceremony, graduates reunited with their friends and families outside LaSells Stewart Center for a dessert reception in celebration of their tremendous accomplishments.
More pictures will be available on the College of Pharmacy Facebook page. Full story to follow in the BeaveRx magazine.
Congratulations class of 2017!