Commencement 2012

Two-hundred-and-thirty-two degrees awarded at the 105th School of Pharmacy Commencement ceremony.

Dean R. Pete Vanderveen presided over the School of Pharmacy Commencement ceremony on May 11 held on a tented Health Sciences Campus quad.

Ceremony attendees witnessed the awarding of 189 doctor of pharmacy, 12 doctor of philosophy and 4 doctor of regulatory science degrees. Also presented were 27 master of science degrees, including 17 in regulatory science.

In addition to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD), the school awards PhD and MS degrees in molecular pharmacology and toxicology, pharmaceutical economics and policy and pharmaceutical sciences. In regulatory science, the school offers both MS and Doctor of Regulatory Science degrees.

The School also awards various dual and joint degrees. Among these, this year, Karen Chen received a PharmD/MBA; Christine Seng and Alice Wu received the PharmD/MS in regulatory science; and Marcie Terasawa-Lew was awarded the PharmD/certificate in gerontology.

Associate professor William Gong presented certificates to 31 residents who completed residency training in various pharmacy specialty areas and to 6 fellows who completes industry-based fellowships. The School conducts fellowship programs with Allergan and with ISTA Pharmaceuticals.

Class president Aileen Chu, a PharmD recipient, shared remembrances with classmates from the podium as did Han Han, who received her PhD in molecular pharmacology and toxicology. Flag and banner bearers for the processional were PharmD graduates Emmanuel Akinwole and Tony Dao.

Virginia Herold, executive officer of the California State Board of Pharmacy, offered the commencement address. Ms. Herold encouraged the graduates to “get out there and take care of patients.” Associate professor Cynthia Lieu thanked family and friends who have supported graduates in so many ways on their paths to this culminating moment of achievement. Susie Park, an assistant professor, administered the pharmacy oath at the end of the ceremony.

Among the proud members of the audience were two alumni of the School. Grandparent Peter Grande, class of ’46, was on hand to see his grandson Michael Harvey follow him in the profession of pharmacy. Likewise, Joseph Hamai, class of ’80, was there to watch his daughter become Dr. Erin Hamai. Assistant dean Kathleen Besinque, also an alumna of the School, was on hand to see her daughter, Megan Besinque, receive her certificate of residency.

Faculty marshals included vice dean Kathleen Johnson, the William A. and Josephine A. Heeres Chair in Community Pharmacy, assistant dean Kathleen Besinque and associate professor Steven Chen, the Hygeia Centennial Chair in Clinical Pharmacy. Live music at the beginning of the event was provided by the Brass Quintet and capped at the end with a lively performance by the Trojan Band.

Over 1,700 people attended the ceremony which was followed by a champagne reception on the upper quad. For those unable to attend, a live web stream was available of the entire ceremony.