(WASHINGTON, DC) April 23, 2014 Howard University College of Pharmacy will hold it’s annual Oath and Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 9:00am in the ballroom of the Armour J. Blackburn University Center on the university’s main campus. The Oath and Awards ceremony is the College’s ceremony honoring the achievements of the graduating class. This year, fifty seven (57) entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy students will take the Oath of the Pharmacist. Additionally, fourteen (14) students in the Non-Traditional Doctor of Pharmacy program will receive their degrees.
The Oath and Awards ceremony completes a journey for these students which started with the White Coat Ceremony, the induction exercise which occurred during their orientation week at the College of Pharmacy. After four years of rigorous academic and clinical curricula the students will join the esteemed profession.
The College of Pharmacy’s cadre of distinguished alumni will be there to welcome these freshly minted pharmacists. Chief among them will be Thomas L. Harrison, D.O., R.Ph., (B.S. ’70), who will deliver an inspirational and thoughtful keynote address.
Dr. Harrison’s career embodies the interdisciplinary skills and knowledge that are required in today’s healthcare sector. His distinguished career spanned the fields of pharmacy, radiology and primary care, including family planning.
“It is only fitting that Dr. Harrison delivers the keynote address at the Oath and Awards ceremony” said Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph., and Dean of the College of Pharmacy.
“As the class of 2014 officially end their matriculation here at the College of Pharmacy, his life and career should give them ample reason to recognize and honor the importance of life-long learning and service to their respective communities.”
After earning his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, with honors, from the College, Dr. Harrison went on to earn a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1977. He most recently served as the Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Broken Arrow Medical Center in Oklahoma.
Dr. Harrison and his wife, Frances A. Harrison, are ardent supporters of the College. Over the years, they have provided consistent philanthropic support to students in the Pharm.D program. They have also arranged for the establishment of an endowed chair in the College of Pharmacy: The Kenneth Scott Endowed Chair.
During the ceremony, the Class of 2014 will be officially inducted into the Howard University Pharmacy Alumni Association by Wallene Bullard, Pharm.D (’94), president, and Frederick Munford, Sr., R.Ph; MS, D.Min, historian. ('67).
“The alumni association congratulates the Class of 2014 on this momentous achievement. We welcome them with open arms and open hearts and encourage them to make use of the range of professional development and networking resources the alumni association has to offer” said Bullard.
Alumni are invited and encouraged to attend. A select number of seats are reserved for alumni. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 2, 2014.