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Spring 2017 Commencement and Convocation

The College has an important announcement regarding spring commencement and convocation. The dates and locations of Commencement-related events have changed. If you have already sent an RSVP for Commencement, you will need to complete a revised form.

Each year, both the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and The University of Toledo host commencement-related events. In recent years, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has held Spring Commencement Exercises which included awards, hooding and speeches relevant to entry into careers in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences in addition to the conferring of degrees, a part of the ceremony in which tassels are moved and the completed degree is declared.

The University of Toledo holds a broader general Commencement each year at which degrees are conferred and graduates’ names are called as they walk across the stage. Traditionally, students from our college have participated in the college’s Commencement rather than the University Commencement, although they could always elect to attend one or both; attendance has no effect on the awarding of the actual degree.

This year, the University is returning to the traditional commencement format.  The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will join the many other graduates from the university’s colleges across the Main and Health Science campuses in the University’s Commencement. Degrees will be conferred at this ceremony, and the traditional Pomp and Circumstance of commencement will welcome graduates and their families.

Since the college is not conferring degrees, the ceremony the college is hosting this year is called the Convocation and Awards Ceremony, as the college has held for most of its long history. At this ceremony, which will be held at Stranahan Theater in Toledo on Friday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m., the specific achievements of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students will be recognized, and similar to Commencement, students and faculty will wear caps and gowns. Hooding for master’s and doctoral graduates will take place, and graduates will be able to select the faculty member who hoods them. The program for this event will also include valedictorian speeches from the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharm.D. graduating classes.

Both events welcome graduates and their families to celebrate the achievements of the graduating class. The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences hopes that you will enjoy both events as you celebrate the milestone of graduation.

Spring Commencement

This year’s Spring Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 7 at 10 a.m. in the University of Toledo Glass Bowl. All colleges will participate in this ceremony, with the exception of the College of Law and the College of Medicine & Life Sciences, who will host their own ceremonies.

Graduate and undergraduate degrees will be conferred during this commencement ceremony. Doctoral students will be hooded on the lower stage, and undergraduate students will walk across the lower stage, shake the hand of their dean and receive their diploma cover.  Images of the graduates will be displayed on the large Glass Bowl screens as they walk across the stage.

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Spring Convocation & Awards Ceremony

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will hold a Convocation & Awards ceremony on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Stranahan Theater to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2017. The program for Convocation will include caps and gowns, awards and valedictorian speeches. No degrees will be conferred during this event.


More information, including a link to the revised RSVP, can be found at http://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/current/graduation/graduation.html.

Please contact Cynthia Tierney, cynthia.tierney@utoledo.edu, with questions or concerns. P4 Pharm.D. students can address questions and concerns to Dr. Megan Kaun.

The Retirement of Donna Haar

Donna Haar, the administrative secretary in the office of the dean, is retiring after 18 years with the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Among Donna’s primary duties have been the college’s Commencement Exercises and Honors Convocation, events that show Donna’s attention to details and the student experience. Her long history with the college has allowed her to connect with alumni throughout the years, and the college’s Alumni Affiliate has benefited from Donna’s knowledge and volunteerism.

The polish Donna adds to college events will be missed by the those who attend.

Donna’s retirement party will be held at the Radisson at UTMC on June 17, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. Those who would like to contribute to a gift for Donna may contact Cynthia Soncrant in the office of the dean at 419.383.1997 and cynthia.soncrant@utoledo.edu.

Spring 2014 Commencement

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held its spring commencement Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m. in Savage Arena.

The college awarded 102 doctor of pharmacy degrees, two PhD in medicinal chemistry degrees, 17 master’s degrees and 141 baccalaureate degrees.

Among the 141 baccalaureate degree recipients, a majority graduated with honors. Twenty-one graduated summa cum laude, 31 graduated magna cum laude, and 43 graduated cum laude.

Two valedictorians spoke. Ellen Dzierzak, a pharmacology/toxicology major is the valedictorian for the bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences class, and Kyle Rako is valedictorian for the doctor of pharmacy class.

The college recognized Fernand Bedi, the first to earn the PharmD/PhD dual degree, along with the first three cosmetic science graduates, Kayla Banks, Sarah Breen and Alison Wery. UT has the only undergraduate cosmetic science program in the country.

The Teacher of the Year, selected by the graduating PharmD class, was Dr. Mariann Churchwell, a clinical pharmacist who inspires her students to be more attentive and insightful. She models professionalism and shows great commitment to student success.

The Professor of the Year, selected by the graduating B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences class, was Dr. Caren Steinmiller. Dr. Steinmiller, one of our college’s newer faculty members, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UT before completing her Ph.D. in cellular and clinical neurobiology. She now researches substance abuse and treatment.

“Each year, I am so proud to welcome a new class of graduates into the legacy of outstanding Toledo alumni,” Dean Johnnie Early said. “They represent talent and potential, and we all look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the world.”