May 20, 2021

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: California health sciences university honored 76 Doctor of Pharmacy Graduates

CLOVIS, Calif. – California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy held its Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2021 on Saturday, May 15 at Clovis Hills Community Church.

The University honored its fourth cohort of 76 Doctor of Pharmacy graduates in their Class of 2021.

Due to state guidelines for indoor events, attendance was limited to those directly involved in the ceremony and graduates were only able to invite four guests. All in attendance had to show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the ceremony. Social distancing and face masks were also required.

The ceremony was also live streamed for those who were unable to attend in-person.

University officials announced that over half of the class have already secured employment or residencies. Ninety percent of the graduates plan to stay in California and seventy percent plan to practice in the Central Valley.

The College of Pharmacy Dean, Dr. Mark Okamoto, led the ceremony and hooding of the graduates, with assistance from Dr. Harish Parihar, Associate Dean for Academics and Dr. Sunil Sonawane, Director of Experiential Education.

President Florence Dunn conferred the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) upon the graduates, bringing the total number of pharmacists graduating from CHSU to 244 in four years.

To meet some of the Valley’s newest pharmacists and hear their stories, visit the CHSU website blog.

About California Health Sciences University

California Health Sciences University (CHSU) is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Founded by the Assemi family, CHSU is the first university of its kind in the Central Valley and offers a local option for doctoral programs 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 graduated its first class of Doctor of Pharmacy students in May 2018. The CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is now accepting applications for their third cohort of students to matriculate in 2022.

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.

For more information about California Health Sciences University (CHSU), visit, call 559-325-3600 or find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin.