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.
ALBANY COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES
CLASS OF 2017
- There were 294 members in the graduating class. They represented 18 states and 7 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.