Release: Senator Hernandez to Give Commencement Address to Inaugural Class of Pharmacy Graduates

May 18, 2018

CLOVIS, Calif.California Health Sciences University in Clovis will host their first College of Pharmacy Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

These 62 students will be the first ever Doctor of Pharmacy graduates from a program offered in the Central Valley.

“Our first graduation marks a major historical milestone for our University,” said Florence Dunn, President of CHSU. “We are honored to celebrate the addition of 62 new pharmacists into the health care profession, many of whom will serve our local region.”

With more than half of their students from the Central Valley, the majority of the students have already reported accepting job offers. Upon passing their board licensing exams, more than 80% of those with jobs will be working as pharmacists in the Central Valley.

The University also announced that Senator Ed Hernandez, OD, will deliver the Graduation Address at the graduation proceedings.

“Having Senator Hernandez speak at our inaugural Graduation has significant meaning for us at CHSU,” stated Wendy Duncan, PhD, Provost and Dean of Pharmacy at CHSU. “In 2013, as we were developing our Doctor of Pharmacy program with a focus on Transforming Pharmacy into a Primary Care Profession, Senator Hernandez was the author and champion for Senate Bill 493.”

California Senate Bill 493 took effect in January 2014 and heralded a new era recognizing the essential role pharmacists play in patient care. The bill enabled pharmacists with specialized training to be recognized with Provider Status with expanded scope of patient care responsibilities.

“It is an honor to speak at CHSU’s first graduation ceremony, not only because this is a historic occasion, but also because we are seeing the future of health care in action,” stated Senator Hernandez. “I have dedicated my entire life to advocating for quality, affordable health care, including prioritizing health in the state budget and increasing the number of providers in the state.”

“Pharmacists are the future of our health care system and I have no doubt that these graduates will serve our communities well and truly make a difference in the lives of patients,” said Senator Hernandez.

Senator Hernandez proudly represents the 22nd Senate District, which encompasses the cities and communities of the San Gabriel Valley.

As an optometrist, local businessman, and health care provider in predominantly low-income communities, the need to improve access to health care is what drove him to run for office. Dr. Ed was first elected to the Assembly in November of 2006, and re-elected in November of 2008. He won his seat in the California State Senate in November of 2010 and was re-elected once again in 2014.

The Graduation Ceremony for the California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy will be held on Saturday, May 19th at 10:00 am at Clovis Hills Community Church.

About California Health Sciences University

California Health Sciences University was founded in 2012 by the Assemi family and is the first university of its kind in the Central Valley. CHSU offers a local option for those seeking post-graduate and doctoral programs and to help remedy the shortage of health care services offered in the Valley. Students can enjoy the unique combination of high quality of life, affordable cost of living and plentiful health provider career opportunities the Valley provides.

The CHSU College of Pharmacy opened in 2014 and will graduate its first class of Doctor of Pharmacy students on May 19, 2018. California Health Sciences University (CHSU) is working towards opening a proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine as early as fall 2020, once the accreditation process has successfully been completed. The CHSU proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine cannot solicit nor accept applications for students unless pre-accreditation is achieved.

The university plans to open up to 10 post-baccalaureate colleges to train health care professionals in the coming years. The timing and specific discipline for each new school will be determined based on the need and opportunity for job placement within the region.

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