Cullman natives pharmacy school

Dylan Skipper, left, and John Russell, right photo, receives diplomas for graduating from pharmacy school at Auburn University

Auburn University’s James I. Harrison School of Pharmacy Spring 2019 commencement ceremony in May included two Cullman natives graduating among 147 students.

Among the Pharm.D. graduates were Cullman natives John Benen Russell and Dylan Elliot Skipper.

Russell, a 2011 graduate of St. Bernard Preparatory, is the son of Patrick and Mary Russell. Previously, he completed a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Spring Hill College in 2015. He has accepted a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston West Virginia.

Skipper, a 2011 graduate of Cullman High School, is the son of Dale and Selena Skipper. Previously, he completed a bachelor of science degree in biology from Birmingham-Southern in 2015. He has accepted a full-time pharmacist position at Decatur Morgan Hospital.

The class of 2019 included 147 students receiving the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. One student received a Master of Science (M.S.) degree, and 15 others received Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The ceremony included a commencement address from Dr. Stephen Davis, a member of the Class of 2008, while the student address was given by Glady’s Tucker Heard. The Oath of a Pharmacist was administered by Class of 1983 member Pamela Boyd Reeve.

The class included representatives from four foreign countries, including Bangladesh, China, Jordan and Saudi Arabia; and 15 states, including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

As the public pharmacy school of the state of Alabama, the Harrison School of Pharmacy continues educating more Alabama pharmacists than anywhere in the world with 111 of the graduates hailing from the state. Additionally, the vast majority of the graduates are remaining in the state to continue serving the people of Alabama.

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