Doctor of Pharmacy program celebrates its 3rd graduating class

Thirty-three students will lend their skills and innovation to pharmaceutical industries in Palestine and the world ​

The Faculty of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Professions celebrated the graduation of 33 doctor of pharmacy majors on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. The graduates will constitute the third graduating class of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program, which was launched in the academic year 2010/2011. 

Dr. Rania Abu-Hamdah, dean of the faculty, congratulated the students on completing the six-year program, adding that graduation is the first step of their distinguished careers. “You are now ambassadors of Birzeit University, and the Faculty of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Professions, to the world, and I know that you will make us proud,” said Abu-Hamdah. 

Lina Adwan, chair of the Department of Pharmacy, thanked her students for a wonderful time of shared learning and exploration. “You have a long, arduous journey ahead of you,” she addressed the students, “But, as your professors for the past six years, we know full-well that you are more than capable of achieving everything you’ve set out to do.” 

In recognition of the efforts of their professors and instructors, the graduating students, along with the Doctor of Pharmacy Student Club, presented them with honorary plaques as tokens of appreciation. The students paid tribute to Raed Madia, an instructor in the Department of Pharmacy who is leaving the faculty to pursue a Ph.D.

“I hope I’ve benefitted each and every one of you during the course of our meetings,” said Madia to the students. “My last advice to you is this: Be all you can be; I’m sure you’ll do amazing things in the future.”

Rawan Omari, a graduating student, gave a speech on behalf of her fellow classmates in which she encouraged them to pursue their dreams and continue on their chosen paths. 

“These past years were difficult and tiresome. But nothing comes easy, as they say. The road ahead is long and demanding, but it’s extremely rewarding. Whether you teach at a university, work in a pharmaceutical laboratory, or help pharmacists, do what you love and you will find joy,” Omari told her colleagues with a smile.