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Commencement: By the Numbers

May 13, 2017

The 294 members of the ACPHS Class of 2017 - a group that spanned 13 academic programs - received their diplomas on Saturday, May 13 when the College held its 137th Commencement exercises at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.


  • There were 294 members in the graduating class. They represented 18 states and countries.
  • Below is a breakdown of the degrees that were awarded:
    • Bachelor’s degrees (B.S.) - 50
    • Bachelor's and Master's Dual Degrees - (B.S./M.S.) - 3
    • Master’s degrees (M.S.) - 15
    • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) – 226 (includes Albany and Vermont Campuses)
  • Commencement Speaker – Dr. Howard A. Zucker, New York State Commissioner of Health
  • Honorary degrees (Doctor of Humane Letters)
    • Dr. Howard A. Zucker, New York State Commissioner of Health
    • Dr. Gus Birkhead, New York State Deputy Commissioner of Health (ret.); Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University at Albany School of Public Health; Part-time Medical Officer supporting the National Vaccine Program Office
    • Mr. Michael Botticelli, Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at Boston Medical Center and Distinguished Health Policy Scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Items of note:
    • This year's graduating class featured members from 13 different academic programs. 
    • Twenty-seven (27) pharmacy students "matched" for residencies (12% of the Pharm.D. class)
    • There were 12 students in the graduating class from California - the third most of any state behind New York and New Jersey.
    • Countries represented in this year's graduating class included India, Nigeria, Poland, South Korea, and Uganda.