PharmD graduation dinner highlights student accomplishments

The Doctor of Pharmacy faculty and staff hosted the PharmD Class of 2018 and their guests Wednesday for a special graduation dinner to celebrate and highlight the students’ accomplishments.

“The event was a great opportunity for all of us to gather together as a family one last time before we graduate,” said Doug Currington, senior class president.

After a catered meal served by PharmD faculty, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Dean Michael L. Adams (’96 PharmD) welcomed everyone and shared interesting facts about the class:

  • 112 Doctor of Pharmacy degrees will be awarded at this graduation
  • 82 students calls North Carolina home, while the while the remainder call home places as close as South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland and as far away as Arizona, Alaska, the Caribbean, Saudi Arabia and Ghana
  • 33 of them hold an undergraduate degree from Campbell
  • 21 in the class will earn a dual degree

Honor cords were presented by Adams to 52 students graduating with cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude status. These graduates achieved high academic success with GPA rankings of at least 3.50, 3.70 and 3.90 respectively.

Scott Asbill, associate dean of Academic Affairs, presented senior awards to 12 deserving students. One of which is Haley Webster who said, “The graduation dinner was a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our class with family, friends and faculty. I am truly honored to have received an award, especially when there are so many deserving individuals within our class. It means a lot to be recognized for hard work and perseverance by receiving the Brian Rodgers Memorial Award.”

Currington provided remarks followed by the announcement from class treasurer, Justin Jones, of a class gift to the Matthew Ryan Tucker Memorial Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship.

Alissa Loo, coordinator of Alumni Relations, welcomed the class as members of the Alumni Association, while the Alumni Association Board of Directors’ President, Drew Kessel (’07 PharmD, MBA) led the students in taking the Oath of a Pharmacist. All pharmacists present participated in the recitation to reaffirm their commitment to the profession.

After closing remarks by Adams, senior class chaplain Chase Barnes provided the benediction. Students, their family and friends, and the faculty and staff who challenged and encouraged them during the past four years all gathered to take photos and share stories one last time before graduation day.