Pharmacy Grads Celebrate Degrees; Job Placement

NEWS RELEASE May 23, 2007 Contact: Luke Frank, Media Relations Manager 505/272-3679; 505/907-9525 (cell) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – It’s good to be a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate. Ask any of the future pharmacists from the University of New Mexico’s College of Pharmacy who received their degrees in a two-hour ceremony in the Pit last Saturday evening.

According to Donald Godwin, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for the College of Pharmacy, of the college’s 95 new graduates, 90 received Doctor of Pharmacy degrees, three earned Master’s of Pharmaceutical Science, and two were awarded Ph.D.s in Toxicology. “This was our largest ‘Pharm D’ class since the program began in 1996,” Godwin adds.

“We are admitting more – and more qualified – students into the Doctor of Pharmacy program than ever before,” offers John A. Peiper, Pharm.D., Dean of UNM’s College of Pharmacy. “Our reputation over the years as a top-notch pharmacy education and research institution, along with numerous professional prospects for our graduates, is making this program increasingly popular. It’s only going to get better from here.” The program currently is one of the most competitive at the Health Sciences Center, receiving more than 19 applicants for each admitted student.

Seventeen UNM College of Pharmacy graduates this year elected to continue their education in post-graduate programs, while the remainder of the class was 100-percent employed in various practice settings, many of them with multiple job offers and significant signing bonuses. For more information on the University of New Mexico’s College of Pharmacy programs, please visit

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