Thursday, March 31, 2016

FAMU’s Pharmacy’s Crestview satellite holds first graduation ceremony

The Crestview News Bulletin reported on the first graduation ceremony of the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences satellite at the Senator Durell Peaden Jr. Education Center in Crestview, Fla.

From the News Bulletin:

For Dr. Yasmin Arafa, going down in history as the first degree recipient from Florida A&M University’s Crestview campus was the farthest thing on her mind.

“I was busy studying for exams,” she said. “I didn’t even think about that.”

Arafa joined her 20 classmates Wednesday afternoon in the lobby of the historic downtown Alatex Building for a ceremony marking the culmination of an eight-year effort to bring a school of pharmacy to North Okaloosa County.

Speakers credited the late Dr. Durell Peaden, whose vision led to the FAMU Rural Diversity Healthcare Center which now is called the Durell Peaden Jr. Education Center in his honor.

“When he said, ‘I think we could put a pharmacy school in Crestview,’ I thought, ‘He’s dreaming big again,” Mayor David Cadle said.

“One word,” Peaden’s son, Tyler Peaden said. “My dad is looking down today and saying, ‘Wow.”

Peaden Center director, Dr. Margareth Larose-Pierre, praised Peaden’s “love of education, love of healthcare and love of his community.”

For many of the graduates, the convenience of not having to leave Northwest Florida for their pharmacy education figured heavily in their decision to attend the school four years ago.

Read the full article here

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