Students from the Chicago College of Pharmacy celebrated the beginning of their professional careers at a commencement ceremony on Friday, March 6th on the Downers Grove Campus of Midwestern University.
A total of 153 students graduated from the University with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and their professional expertise is likely to be sought after even during the current economic slowdown. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for well-trained pharmacists is expected to increase faster than average for all occupations between now and 2016. An aging population and increasing demand for the development of new drugs to treat disease will continue to spur the need for well-trained pharmacists for the next several years.
At the ceremony, Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and CEO of the University, addressed the graduates, their families, and their friends. She cited many of the community projects, health fairs, poison prevention seminars, and other activities the graduates participated in as students at Midwestern University. "This year's graduating class leaves a wonderful legacy," Dr. Goeppinger said. "I am impressed with this class and their commitment to outreach through community events, community service, and special events on our campus."
The Chicago College of Pharmacy is one of three colleges on the Downers Grove Campus of Midwestern University. The College aims to educate and graduate competent, compassionate, and motivated pharmacists who will provide pharmaceutical care in a wide range of community and institutional settings.
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