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UMES Graduates First Class From Pharmacy School

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md - The 2013 Spring commencement for the students at The University of Maryland, Eastern Shore was also a historic one.

57 students received their doctoral degree in pharmacy, being the first graduating class in UMES history to do so. The program began in 2010 and is a three year accelerated program. The program is highly competitive, as only sixty of over 900 applicants made it.

"One word: honored. I'm truly honored that I was one of the first class. I was a little skeptical at first but at the end of the day, I'm truly happy that I joined the first class of UMES school of pharmacy," says Fruitland resident DeAngelo Price.

So far the program has produced a lot of success in it's first graduating class.

"We have 57 that are graduating today. There are 52 that have positions waiting for them, so we're very excited about that. A third of those students are staying in Delmarva," says Nicholas Blanchard, Dean of the School of Pharmacy.

"The program was very intense. Not many other programs like it in the country. It's a three year accelerated program and we go to school year round and it's a tough program. But there's a ton of support on campus and in the pharmacy school for students to get through it," says Decola Johnson, a Snow Hill resident who secured a position as a retail pharmacist at Walmart Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia.


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