(21 May 2012) The South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) held convocation exercises for the Class of 2012 on each campus of founding institutions Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and University of South Carolina (USC) in May. The USC campus graduated 103 Pharm.D. candidates and awarded the 2012 Outstanding Alumnus to Don Wall. The MUSC campus graduated 78 Pharm.D. candidates and awarded its Outstanding Alumnus of the Year to Francis B. Palumbo.
The USC Convocation was held May 2, 2012 for 103 Pharm.D. candidates at the Koger Center. The 2012 Outstanding Alumnus and convocation speaker was Don Wall (USC 1967). He is an active supporter of USC pharmacy and is the owner or co-owner of five pharmacies around Greer, SC. The former Bowl of Hygeia winner is also active in the community as an organizer and director of Greer State Bank and a former mayor of Greer. He and his wife Ellen have two children – Charles Wall, a judge in Montana, and James Wall, a registered pharmacist. The newest member of the USC Board of Trustees, alumnus and pharmacist Hugh Mobley (USC 1978)attended the ceremony.
The MUSC Convocation was held Thursday, May 17 for 78 Pharm.D. candidates at Seacoast Community Church. The speaker and Outstanding Alumnus of the Year was Francis B. Palumbo, professor and executive director of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Center on Drugs and Public Policy. He is a member of the Maryland Bar and a licensed pharmacist, and has practiced both pharmacy and law. He received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina, M.S. and Ph.D. in Health Care Administration from the University of Mississippi and J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. William Evans, who was the first pharmacy-related honorary degree recipient for MUSC the next day during MUSC Commencement, attended the ceremony.