The Class of 2016 has graduated and what a great day it was! On May 13th, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences conferred 196 degrees graduating 191 students. The Campbell community gathered together with family and friends to celebrate all these students as they complete one chapter and begin a new one. This was the first CPHS graduation that our new President, Dr. Creed, has attended. Dr. Joseph Moose, PharmD ‘90 gave a unique commencement speech that inspired everyone in attendance. Dr. Moose graduated from Campbell University and now works as a clinical pharmacist and co-owner of Moose Pharmacy. Unlike many typical commencement speeches where the speaker gives tips for success, Dr. Moose’s speech centered around failure. He shared some of his personal experiences that led him to his current successes. When he was a pre-pharmacy student, he was told that he was not fit to be a pharmacist. Several years later after graduating pharmacy school, he caught an error in the medical chart of this same professor’s father. He instructed the graduates to “fail forward,” taking every failure and using it to grow and improve because the greatest innovations come from failures. His inspirational speech was just what all the graduates needed to hear as they took the step into the next chapter of their professional careers.
I was one of the graduates in the commencement ceremony. I graduated with my Bachelors in General Sciences through the 3+1 program Campbell offers, and it was exciting to officially complete my undergraduate career. With P2 year ahead of me, it was so encouraging to watch the doctor of pharmacy students graduate. As each graduate crossed the stage, it was the first time they were officially called doctors of pharmacy. It was surreal the first few times I heard their new title, but watching these now pharmacists see their dreams come to fruition gave me the boost I needed to push forward to complete my dream of also becoming a pharmacist! Dr. Manali Patel was one of the graduates who experienced a dream becoming reality. She was gracious enough to share her experience and plans.
“6 years ago, I moved across the country to Buies Creek with dreams of going to pharmacy school at Campbell University, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Now that dream is not only a reality, but achieved! Last week, I proudly walked across the stage as Manali Patel, PharmD, MBA. Campbell University has become my home away from home and I am very excited to continue post-graduate training with a PGY1 residency at Harnett Health and CPHS. It’s an excellent opportunity for me to foster and develop my skills as a clinical pharmacist while providing patient care to the local community that has become home over the last 6 years.” –Manali Patel, PharmD. Class of 2016
Overall, the ceremony was perfect! Afterwards, everyone celebrated the success of all the graduates, and even Mother Nature celebrated holding off the rain so family and friends could enjoy pictures and celebrations across campus! The day was surely special. Campbell pride ran high that afternoon! Congratulations to all the graduates in the Class of 2016! On behalf of all the CPHS student ambassadors: We are so proud of you and wish everyone the best of luck as you continue to pursue your dreams!
-Sydney Brodeur, P2