St. Louis College of Pharmacy's 150th Commencement Recognizes the Class of 2018

Published on 25 May 2018

On Saturday, May 12, St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s 150th Commencement was held, celebrating the class of 2018. The College community, friends and family gathered at the Peabody Opera House as members of the undergraduate and professional class received their degrees.

This year’s Commencement ceremony marked a historic event as the first combined ceremony for the College’s undergraduate and professional degrees. More than 400 degrees were conferred during Commencement, the largest class of graduates in the College’s history.

Catherine Hilty, president of the Pharm.D. class of 2018 , and Rexhian Brisku, president of the undergraduate class, delivered remarks on behalf of the graduates.

During the ceremony, John A. Pieper, Pharm. D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of the College, presented the 2018 Outstanding Educator Awards.

Jasmina Profirovic, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology, received the 2018 Joe E. Haberle Outstanding Educator Award for the School of Pharmacy.

“I deeply care for the well-being, professional growth and success of the students here at the College and I am thankful for the opportunity to contribute,” said Profirovic. “I am so grateful and honored to be chosen to receive this award.”

Jean Escudero, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology, was the recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award for the School of Arts and Sciences.

“Being nominated, interviewed and chosen by the students is quite an honor because we are here for them,” said Escudero. “This award indicates to me that my students really appreciate me and it inspires me to work harder.”

Ema Paulino, professional secretary and interim CEO of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (known by its French acronym, FIP), delivered the commencement address.

As an entrepreneur and community pharmacist in Portugal, Paulino is responsible for the development and implementation of pharmaceutical services in a chain of 400 independent pharmacies. She currently serves as president of the Lisbon and South Branch of the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society, and is a member of the organization’s National Board. As a board member, Paulino represents the organization at other international organizations such as the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union and the FIP. Paulino is also a member of the FIPs bureau and executive committee.

She has previously been chairperson and project coordinator of the Young Pharmacists’ Group, a member of the FIP Programme Committee, and Secretary of the Community Pharmacy Section. She holds the distinction of being the first woman elected for an executive committee position with FIP since its founding in 1912. 

Paulino is also a member of the Global Health Workforce Network’s Gender Equity Hub, an action-oriented community that aims to catapult progress in the gender-transformative approaches to health workforce, coordinated by the World Health Organization and Women in Global Health.

In her address, Paulino described her upbringing in her family’s pharmacies in Portugal. This experience instilled in her a deep drive for continuous improvement. She shared with the graduates that as health care providers, uneasiness is an important driver that should be channeled into positive initiatives.

“This event is a celebration that marks the transition from years of hard work and study to many more years of hard work and study,” said Paulino. “Make no mistake about it, when we are talking about people’s health and well-being there is no rest for the warrior.”

Amy Weckman Conger B.S.’98, Pharm.D.’99, president of the Alumni Association board of directors, led the Pharm.D. class and pharmacists in attendance in reciting the “Oath of a Pharmacist,” promising themselves to a lifetime of devotion to serving others through the practice of pharmacy.

By the Numbers

218 Bachelor of Science

  • 75 B.S. in Health Humanities
  • 143 B.S. in Health Sciences
  • 49 Cum Laude (with honors)
  • 35 Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)
  • 30 Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)
  • 16 states represented
  • 10 countries represented

228 Doctor of Pharmacy

  • 49 Cum Laude (with honors)
  • 27 Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)
  • 29 Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)
  • 20 states represented
  • 3 countries represented

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