On Saturday, May 14, 77 PharmD and 3 PhD candidates were hooded at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy's Commencement ceremony held in the WVU Canady Creative Arts Center. The keynote speaker was Dr. Charles Ponte, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Family Medicine. During his 42 years of service to WVU, Professor Ponte received the prestigious designation of "fellow" in all three major professional pharmacy organizations. During his speech, Dr. Ponte encouraged graduates to find a mantra and use it to keep the fires burning in their professional and personal lives. He added that it's important to express gratitude.
"I particularly like a quote from Oprah Winfrey," said Ponte. "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."
Other speakers included Dr. William Petros, Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Dr. Clay Marsh, Chancellor and Executive Dean, West Virginia University Health Sciences.
Several graduates received awards during the ceremony. They are listed below.
American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists Senior Recognition
Dean's Volunteer Service Awards
Dean's Outstanding Achievement Awards
Mary Catherine Platz
Ashley Van Camp
Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information Award of Excellence in Clinical Communication
James K. Lim Pharmacy Academic Achievement Award High academic achievement
Viatris Excellence in Pharmacy Award
Kappa Psi Grand Council Scholarship Key Award