UT College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences News

Celebrating the Class of 2017

Degrees Awarded

This year, the University held the Spring Commencement ceremony in the Glass Bowl to recognize the 2,000 graduates. At commencement, six students received the PhD in Medicinal Chemistry, 86 received the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, 15 received master’s degrees in medicinal chemistry or pharmaceutical sciences, and 132 received bachelor’s degrees in the pharmaceutical sciences.

Of the 132 baccalaureate degrees awarded to students in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 13 were Summa Cum Laude, 28 were Magna Cum Laude, and 33 were Cum Laude. In addition, three students earned departmental honors, one earned college honors and one earned both departmental and college honors.

College Convocation and Awards Ceremony

Dr. Ken Bachmann leads the faculty procession at the college’s Convocation and Awards Ceremony

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held a Spring Convocation and Awards Ceremony to recognize the achievements of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students. In attendance were the college faculty and administration, along with UT administrators, Dr. Dorothea Sawicki, Vice Chancellor and Associate Dean for Graduate Health Science Studies, and Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry. Professor Emeritus Kenneth Bachmann, the co-founder and VP for Pharmacoinformatics at CeutiCare, Inc., served as the Grand Marshal.


The valedictorian of the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences graduating class is Melissa Yamsek. Read Melissa’s remarks to the Class of 2017

Dongjin Kang and Casey Koester share the honor of being valedictorians for the 2017 Doctor of Pharmacy graduating class. In recognition of their accomplishments, each received a gold medal presented by the Beta Eta Chapter of Rho Chi and a valedictorian Louisville Mortar and Pestle. Read Dongjin Kang’s remarks to the Class of 2017


is the Scientific Editor and College Communicator for The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is a triple alumna of The University of Toledo with master's degrees in English and Education and a graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy.
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