Appalachian College of Pharmacy’s class of 2016, its ninth class of students, their families, friends, and college faculty and staff gathered in Appalachian College of Pharmacy’s Garden Hall Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. for its commencement exercises and hooding ceremony. Dr. James F. Wolfe, PhD, president of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, was the commencement speaker for the Class of 2016’s sixty-five students. Dr. Tyler Jauss, of West Milton, Ohio, elected by his classmates to give the student address, congratulated his classmates on their shared achievement. The students, from a total of fifteen states, were awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree; at the conclusion of the ceremony, Dean of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy, Dr. Susan L. Mayhew led the Class of 2016 in the Pharmacist’s Oath.
The commencement processional was led by Dr. Arthur W. Mullins. The Grundy High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp Color Guard, under the guidance of Major Rodney Horne, posted the colors. Mrs. Glema Bailey sang the national anthem and Dr. Ted W. Hagen delivered the invocation and benediction. Mrs. Terry A. Ratliff provided piano music for the ceremony. A reception followed in McGlothlin Hall, where a jazz ensemble played jazz standards in the rotunda of McGlothlin Hall.
“We are proud of the Class of 2016,” said Dean Mayhew. “While over fifty percent of this year’s graduates are from the Central Appalachia region, many students have traveled a great distance to attend ACP and be part of our mission to improve the health and well-being of rural or underserved populations.” Nearly two-thirds of all ACP graduates are practicing pharmacists within the Appalachian region. Matriculating its first class in August 2005, the Appalachian College of Pharmacy offers the only three-year accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy program in Virginia and is fully accredited by both the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.