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PharmD Valedictorian Dongjin Kang’s Remarks

Excerpted from the valedictorian speech of Dongjin Kang

Dongjin Kang and Casey Koester, PharmD valedictorians

Before we graduate, and go on to become leaders in the world of pharmacy, let’s reflect on our past 6 years here at the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

We’ve been together for 6 years now, and it is hard not to form a close ties to each others, and after 6 years everyone become more less a family.

Out of all the times we spent together, I would never forget our third year, beginning with white coat ceremony, which marked as a transition from pre-professional years to professional years as we read back an Oath of Pharmacist. I would also never forget the seminar presentations we did, tests we took, tuitions we paid, and donation worth over $40,000 we pledged during our P3 years.

It is hard to believe we are sitting amongst families and loved ones here dress like wizards to begin careers as pharmacists by assuring safe and effective use of medications, especially only drugs I knew were Tylenol and Adderall when I first embarked on this journey.

Little did we know after next three years of didactic educations, we will be pouring out treatment guidelines, and conditions like hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes or surviving from caffeine overdose.

We’re very fortunate to have faculty members who take our feedbacks seriously, and use them to continue to innovate our curriculum and promote excellence both academically and professionally, but that’s only a part of story, see the truth is I think what truly drives our success is the decades of our college history and strong alumni support that made our college one of the finest pharmacy school in nation.

So, after 10 or 20 years down the road, when patients or colleagues ask us where we went to pharmacy school, I would say I went to the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy with all the confidence in the world as per Dr. Mauro would say, and continue to contribute to the ongoing legacy of excellence.

As we graduate today, we cross another bridge in our lives, it means it would not only get us out of this wonderful greater Toledo area for most of us, but also it means it separates us from being students to a real life, soon-to-be licensed pharmacist.

A number of us would continue our training through residency or fellowship programs because 8 rotations weren’t just enough, or others obviously little bit SABBY with personal finance would begin working at a community right away, or if you’re little be crazier, you would go on to PhD like I do. But regardless of whatever direction we choose to go, let’s cherish the moment we spent together and dedicate ourselves not only to life-long learning but also life-long bond we established with each other, and look forward to celebrate our successes on the other side. See you there, Cheers.

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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