The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS) held its 32nd Convocation ceremony Tuesday to mark the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year. This year’s ceremony marked the first time nursing students participated in preparation for their graduation in May.
“Convocation was a great time for CPHS to come together to celebrate new beginnings, appreciate our journey so far and recognize the final year students,” said student pharmacist Grace Boyce. “It was great to begin the year by connecting with the other programs of CPHS.”
Dean Michael L. Adams (’96 PharmD) presided over the ceremony while President J. Bradley Creed brought greetings from University administration. An invocation was given by Charles Carter, associate professor of clinical research.
“Students, keep up the hard work in your studies and in developing your professional skills so you can live purposeful lives of meaningful service,” said Adams. “Faculty and staff continue your diligent efforts to make a positive impact on the students and the patients they will serve. It’s very hard work but anything of value, requires effort, time and energy.
“Each discipline in CPHS is a critical part of improving the lives that we serve. We all contribute to the health and wellness of those individuals.”
Motivational speaker Carrie Grace McQuaid encouraged students to try hard, keep a positive attitude and don’t fear failure. The benediction was provided by Associate Professor of Nursing Sharon Eck Birmingham.