Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences held its 136th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. David Stack '76, Chairman and CEO of Pacira Pharmaceuticals and Managing Director of MPM Capital, was the Commencement speaker.
Click the following link to read the text of Mr. Stack's commencement address.
The ceremony marked two historic firsts for the College - it represented the first time that the school's Albany and Vermont campuses graduated together in a joint ceremony, and it was also the first time ACPHS held its commencement exercises in Saratoga.
There were a total of 275 graduates across 13 degree programs who received their diplomas from the College (additional information on the Class of 2016 can be found in the event press release).
Honorary Degree Recipients
The College bestowed honorary degrees to David Stack, Dr. Bob Paeglow, and Larry Doud. Included below is the text that was read prior to each individual receiving their degree.
David Stack '76
Chairman/CEO of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Managing Director of MPM Capital
"For nearly 40 years you have contributed to the health and wellness of individuals around the world. You have done so as a pharmacist, an entrepreneur, a venture capitalist, and a CEO. You once said that 'making a difference in the world requires great passion and resolve.' You have demonstrated those traits by working to ensure that patients in need have access to specialty medications. You have helped foster future scientific breakthroughs by counseling and advising small companies with promising therapeutics. You have been part of companies whose medications have provided comfort to patients suffering from heartburn, reduced the risks associated with angioplasty surgery, and limited the need for narcotics after surgery. For all that you have done to advance the pharmaceutical industry and improve the quality of patient care, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is proud to confer upon you this honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters."
Dr. Bob Paeglow
Founder of Koinonia Primary Care clinic
"For the past 15 years, your Koinonia (KOI-nuh-nee-uh) Primary Care clinic has helped meet the health care needs of residents of Albany’s West Hill community – one of the city’s poorest and most medically underserved neighborhoods. If patients of the clinic have no means to pay, you provide them with the same level of care as insured patients. If they need emotional support and counseling, you make time for a one on one conversation. If they need medicine, you make sure they have it, even if you have to pay for it yourself. You have mentored medical residents and our own pharmacy students, teaching them that there must always be a place for humanity in health care. The College itself has benefitted greatly from the guidance and direction you have provided for our student operated pharmacies. Media outlets that include People Magazine and ABC News have called you a hero, but you prefer to simply be called Dr. Bob. For dedicating your life to those least able to afford health care and those least likely to seek it, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is proud to confer upon you this honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters."
CEO of Rochester Drug Cooperative
"You have dedicated your life to providing pharmacists with the products and services needed to deliver superior patient care. In 1987, when few believed that independent pharmacy would survive, you joined Rochester Drug Cooperative to help serve this critical market. In your role as CEO, you have helped grow the organization into the 7th largest drug wholesaler in the U.S., serving 8 states and generating annual revenues of $2.3 billion. Over the past 29 years, Rochester Drug Cooperative has helped launch and maintain more than 400 independent pharmacies, many of which are staffed by ACPHS graduates. Two of those pharmacies are the College’s own student operated pharmacies in Albany and Schenectady. Your involvement and support of this initiative will not only allow students to gain experience in a real world setting, but to learn the business of pharmacy. You continue to demonstrate your commitment to future generations by serving on the boards of pharmacy organizations and foundations. For your efforts to help promote, sustain, and advance independent pharmacy, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is proud to confer upon you this honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters."