Texas Tech Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy Hosts Spring Debut

The Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) held its Spring 2022 commencement ceremony Saturday morning, honoring 127 graduating students from its three campuses in Amarillo, Dallas and Abilene .

Pediatric Excellence Award winner Aaron Woodward of Amarillo spoke about what the day meant to him.

“It’s surreal at this point, with all the hard work we’ve all put in over the past four years,” Woodward said. “We’ve finally reached this point, and to be recognized for all of our hard work is indescribably awesome.”

Asked what made him choose this school, Woodward said that being from West Texas, Amarillo School of Pharmacy was an obvious choice for him. He said his wife is also a pharmacist. They met in college and she took him to pharmacy school. Together they have a 6 month old daughter, Kylie.

“This is my home. This is what I know, and my wife, who is from this area, is also an alumna of this school,” Woodward said. “There was no place I would have preferred to go. The faculty and students have all become family to me. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I am grateful for this opportunity.”

Woodward said his wife was the inspiration to get into pharmacy school, and once he started working with his fellow students, he decided he wanted to continue in the discipline to become a doctor. He said having a wife who knew about the program was very supportive in his upbringing.

“She always had good advice for me. She let me do my own thing, but she was always there for me,” Woodward said. “It was great to be able to lean on her, and I couldn’t have done this without her.”

He is continuing his education at Texas Tech School of Medicine to continue practicing family medicine.

“I want to stay in West Texas to help fill the shortage of family doctors in the area and use my knowledge of pharmacy practice to be there and be better for my patients,” Woodward added.

Madeline Scarbrough was chosen as the graduating class banner-bearer as the highest-ranked graduate — and recipient of the Bowl of Hygieia for having the most desirable qualities in a pharmacist chosen by her classmates and professors. The Bowl of Hygieia is the internationally recognized symbol of the pharmacy profession signifying pure and potent medicines.

Scarbrough explained what it was like to finally reach graduation day and be bestowed with these honors by classmates and professors.

“I am immensely proud of these honours; it was a lot of hard work,” she said. “I know all of my classmates feel a sense of pride in reaching this day and graduating. Just being here is such an honor for me. I wanted to get into pharmacy since I was in high school. It was a dream that doesn’t strike you until the day it comes true.

Scarbrough will move on to her next trip as a pharmacy resident at UT Southwestern in Dallas. She said that at some point she would like to serve in intensive care or join the faculty one day.

“My family has always been there for me whenever I needed them,” Scarbrough added. “I really couldn’t have done this program without them; I owe the world to my family.”

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