Commencement

2019 Commencement Recap
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' 139th Commencement ceremony took place on Saturday, May 11, 2019. For the fourth consecutive year, the event was held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The College awarded degrees to 284 students in 11 academic programs. Rear Admiral (Ret.) Pamela Schweitzer, former Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Pharmacist Officer of the United States Public Health Service, was the speaker.

RADM Schweitzer and Rocco Giruzzi, ACPHS Class of 1958, were each recognized with honorary degrees (Doctor of Humane Letters) from the College.

Next year's Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Facts
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Statistics

GraduationCap
284
Members of the Class of 2019
Globe
45
Bachelor's Degrees Awarded
Beakers
22
Master's Degrees Awarded
Pill
217
Doctor of Pharmacy Degrees Awarded
Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer
Speaker - Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer
Rear Admiral (Ret.) Pamela Schweitzer was the speaker at the 139th Commencement ceremony of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She also received an honorary degree.

RADM Schweitzer retired in September 2018 following a four-year term as the Assistant Surgeon General and 10th Chief Pharmacist Officer of the United States Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps.

As Chief Pharmacist Officer (and the first female in this role), she was responsible for providing leadership and coordination of PHS pharmacy programs and professional affairs for the Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health & Human Services. 

Her previous government service included roles with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Indian Health Service, and the Veterans Administration.

Rocco Giruzzi
Honorary Degree - Rocco Giruzzi '58
The College also presented an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters to alumnus and longtime ACPHS board member Rocco Giruzzi.

Mr. Giruzzi was described in his ACPHS yearbook as a “natural born leader,” and he proved that to be true. He was captain of the College’s basketball team and president of the school board.

During the course of a distinguished career in pharmacy, Mr. Giruzzi held leadership positions at the local, regional, and state levels. He served two terms as President of the Mohawk Valley Pharmacists Society. He held roles as director, president, and chair of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY). He was also a board member and chairman of the New York State Board of Pharmacy.

Throughout this time, he owned and operated Fort Schuyler Pharmacy and later South Utica Pharmacy, working as a community pharmacist and serving the people in his hometown of Utica, NY, for nearly 35 years.