On behalf of all alumni of this great institution, I welcome you to this alumni family.

I use the word “family” because it really means that we are all connected by the relationships, endeavors, and education that we experienced under one roof, the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy. Your family sees you at your best, AND at your worst, yet loves you unconditionally. Healthy, well-functioning families provide each other with rewarding and caring relationships, and with essential mutual support which sustains us throughout the course of life and career.

This University, the school, and the gifts of friendship, knowledge, and wisdom we received here will forever connect us as family. You are the offspring that we honor and celebrate today.


To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, a servant of the others. Just as we will continue to be a place of familiar strength when you need us, you will be called upon again and again to help and support those who come after you.

Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn are the work of many generations. All this is put into your hands today as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day pass it on to those who follow you.

I invite you to stay with us as we continue to strengthen this homestead, our alma mater, and continue to build and support a top Health Sciences school that produces caring, skilled professionals of the highest quality. Stay with us as we celebrate our accomplishments, honor our history, nurture our offspring, and support our initiatives. The reputation of our alma mater and our professions rests on our shoulders.

Graduates, congratulations and welcome to this great family of alumni. We know that you will honor this legacy with the same pride, professionalism, humility, and care that your own families, and the school, have provided to you!

Thank you!

Nancy L. DeGuire ’89, PharmD, FACA
Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Associate Dean for External Relations, Director for Postgraduate Professional Education, Executive Director for the Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association

Members from our three health science alumni associations share their well wishes with our graduates.

By Nancy L. DeGuire '89, PharmD, FACA
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