With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down traditional in-person Commencement ceremonies, Western University of Health Sciences’ nine colleges are each honoring Class of 2020 graduates in unique ways.

The College of Pharmacy kicked off the celebrations with the administration of the Pharmacist’s Oath for its 138 Doctor of Pharmacy graduates on Zoom on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The reading of the oath is not only a tradition, it is an obligation, said College of Pharmacy Dean Daniel Robinson, PharmD, FASHP.

“It reminds us that becoming a professional means more than just learning the science of pharmacy. It means mastering the art of pharmaceutical care in service to fellow human beings,” Robinson said.

The oath was administered by College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Emmanuelle Schwartzman, PharmD, BCACP, CDE. The ceremony opened with an inspirational video message from WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD.

“Years from now we will look back on the remarkable Class of 2020 with great pride,” Robinson said. “The pandemic of 2020 has shown the resolve, perseverance, tenacity and greatness of this class in being prepared to enter the workforce during a national and world health care crisis. Our nation needs your talents, skills and services like never before.”

College of Pharmacy graduate Dara Nguyen, PharmD ’20, said COVID-19 took everyone by surprise, but it gave the class a great opportunity to learn.

“There were a lot of emotional challenges, but it does make us stronger in trying to work through these challenges together, and it has taught us to be patient and flexible,” she said. “WesternU definitely feels like a family, and the support from all the faculty and staff have been tremendous. So I just want to say thank you. Everyone at WesternU has been greatly appreciated by the Class of 2020. Congratulations everyone!”

Screenshot of WesternU College of Pharmacy Class of 2020 graduates reciting the Pharmacist's Oath on Zoom on May 13, 2020.

WesternU College of Pharmacy Class of 2020 graduates recite the Pharmacist’s Oath on May 13, 2020.