USciences Honors Class of 2019 at 198th Commencement

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on May 28, 2019

CommencementApproximately 620 graduates were honored at USciences 198th Commencement Ceremony on May 22, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Liacouras Center. Among the recipients was Dr. Rachel L. Levine, who received an honorary doctor of science degree.

Dr. Levine, Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and former Physician General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, shared some words of encouragement and advice to the Class of 2019 as they begin their careers.

Rachel Levine“Remember the quote, ‘I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I ended up where I intended to be,’” said Dr. Levine, who spoke about how she never intended to be Secretary of Health, but has been thankful for the opportunities that led to her position. “Life will take many turns and many unexpected paths but your education and training here at USciences will prepare you for all roads, those expected and unexpected.”

Also honored at the ceremony was Valedictorian Brittany Rickard PhTx’19 who told her fellow graduates “today is a day to be thankful and proud.”

“If there was ever a group of students capable of having an impact and changing the world for better, it’s this one,” said Rickard. “I believe in all of you and I wish you all nothing but success. As you walk out of here today, celebrate what you have accomplished because it was no easy task, and continue to be an inspiration for those around you.”

Eric PelletierDr. Peter Miller, USciences Provost, announced that Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Eric Pelletier, DPT, was awarded the 2019 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, an honor for which he was nominated by his own students.

Dr. Pelletier expressed his thanks to the students who nominated him, saying he was humbled by the honor.

“I leave you, the graduates, with this – go out into the world, do good and be good, do not fear making mistakes, but to learn from them, and make positive impacts on everyone you encounter, and every once in a while when your path diverges – take the road less traveled – I promise it will make all the difference,” said Dr. Pelletier.

Class of 2019 By the Numbers:

Total graduates: 680
Total Degrees: 681

Bachelor Degrees: 291
Professional Degrees: 273
Master Degrees: 100
Doctor of Philosophy: 17

Men: 228
Women: 452

Age of youngest graduate: 20
Age of oldest graduate: 63

Number of states represented by graduates: 27
Number of countries represented by graduates (other than USA): 14

Breakdown of Degrees


• BS: 227
• BSHS: 64
• MOT: 45
• DPT: 69
• DrOT: 17
• PharmD: 142
• MBA: 30
• MS: 29
• MSPAS: 41
• PhD: 17

Graduates by College 
Misher College of Arts and Sciences: 114
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy: 330
Samson College of Health Sciences: 236

Degrees by College
Misher College: 115
PCP: 330
Samson College: 236

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