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2017 Outstanding Teacher and Professor Awards

Dr. Gabriella Baki with Dr. Julie Murphy

In addition to the awards presented to students at the Convocation and Awards Ceremony, the Outstanding Teacher and Professor awards were presented. These awards afford students the opportunity to recognize faculty for excellence in teaching and to honor them as models for others.

This year’s Professor of the Year, voted upon by the graduating Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences graduating class, is Dr. Gabriella Baki. Dr. Baki is an assistant professor of pharmaceutics in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and the director of the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program. Dr. Baki first came to UT as a student through our international partnership with University of Szeged in Hungary. Dr. Baki is the advisor for the UT chapter of Student Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and she and Dr. Ken Alexander, whom you have already met today, are coauthors of Cosmetic Formulation and Technology, the premier undergraduate-level textbook for cosmetic formulation. Dr. Baki is an ambassador for the cosmetic science program.

Dr. Kim Schmude with Dr. Megan Kaun

The graduating Doctor of Pharmacy P4 class selects the Teacher of the Year, and this class has selected someone who is very deserving of this award. Dr. Kim Schmude is a repeat winner of this award, having received it in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Students repeatedly mention Dr. Schmude’s student-centered teaching practices as the reason for her teaching excellence. Along with several other faculty members and many students, Dr. Schmude is a member of Rho Chi, the pharmacy honor society.

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.