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Class of 2020 Graduate Perspectives

Published on 04 September 2020

On Saturday, Sept. 5, St. Louis College of Pharmacy will recognize graduates during its 152nd Commencement.

To help protect the health and safety of the campus community, the Commencement address and degree conferral will be livestreamed from campus so graduates and their guests can participate remotely.

Four graduates reflect on their time at the College and share their unique perspectives ahead of their upcoming ceremony.

Summer Byerley, B.S. ’20
St. Louis, Missouri

Q. What is your next step after graduation?
A. I’m going to continue my education at the College.

In the professional program, I hope to continue learning about pharmacy and continue my involvement in professional organizations and leadership positions.

Jennifer Jabben, Pharm.D. ’20
Jackson, Mississippi

Q. How has graduating during a pandemic impacted you?
A. Moving to a new state and starting a residency program during a pandemic has had its challenges, but it has pushed me outside of my comfort zone and challenged me to find new ways to connect with others.

Ashley Shuman, B.S. ’17, Pharm.D. ’20
St. Louis, Missouri

Q. What is something you have learned about yourself as a student at the College?
A. I learned that it is okay to not always know the answers.

We put too much pressure on ourselves. We can succeed in life if we put our best foot forward with drive and determination.

This understanding has helped me to become a better person and health care professional.

Ivan Porto, B.S. ’17, Pharm.D. ’20
Seattle, Washington

Q. What has been your favorite part of attending the College?
A. Several things! The opportunity to be involved in professional organizations was big for me, and definitely shaped my path going into my professional life.

Having professors who were interested and invested in our success was also helpful. I received a lot of great mentorship and advice from them.

Finally, being an orientation leader and foundations of learning instructor was really fun and a great growing experience for me!


To help celebrate the Class of 2020 virtually, share your congratulatory messages and photos on Twitter or Instagram by using #STLCOP. Your messages and photos could be featured in the ceremony.

Watch the ceremony live beginning at 11 a.m. CDT on Saturday, Sept. 5.

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