139th


ACPHS Commencement Ceremony

Save the Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' 139th Commencement ceremony will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

The event will be held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY (see address below). The venue is approximately 45 minutes north of the Albany Campus and 2 1/2 hours south of the Vermont Campus.

Additional details about the ceremony will be posted to this page once they are available.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
108 Avenue of the Pines
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer
Speaker: Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer

Rear Admiral (RADM) Pamela Schweitzer will be the speaker at the College's 139th Commencement ceremony. She will also receive an honorary degree from the College.

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

With extensive experience in pharmacy, public health, and providing support for medically underserved populations, she provides an ideal perspective to address this year's graduates.

Rocco Giruzzi
Honorary Degree Recipient: Rocco Giruzzi

The College will present a second honorary degree at Commencement to Rocco Giruzzi '58. A longtime independent pharmacist, Mr. Giruzzi was the past president and chair of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) and a board member of the NYS Board of Pharmacy.

He also served with distinction as a member of the ACPHS Board of Trustees for a combined total of more than 25 years.