OXFORD, Miss. – Two Doctor of Pharmacy graduates at the University of Mississippi were inducted into the School of Pharmacy Hall of Fame during spring commencement ceremonies.
Geremy Carpenter of Jackson and Michael “Andy” Kennedy of Quitman were selected by their classmates for their scholastic and professional contributions to the school.
Carpenter was president of the university’s graduating Pharm.D. class for the past three years.
“Geremy is one of the most selfless people I have ever met,” said Kara Schaller, a classmate from Ridgeland. “He has worked tirelessly as class president to make sure that our class needs were met. He will do anything for anyone and consistently sacrifices himself for the well-being of others.”
Another classmate, Katie Langley of Flowood, had similar things to say about Carpenter, but added,
“He is one of those people who everyone knows they can call on anytime they are in need. I feel honored to call myself his friend and colleague.”
Kennedy is the recipient of several awards for outstanding academic achievement.
“Andy has proven himself to be one of the most intelligent members of our class,” Carpenter said. “He is always sincere and willing to explain lecture material to us without expecting anything in return. Our class has so much respect for Andy that during academically challenging times, we confided in him to find a sense of relief.”
Carpenter is moving to New York City to begin a residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, and Kennedy is working as an information technology pharmacist at South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel.
To be inducted into the Hall of Fame, students must demonstrate exemplary leadership skills, said David D. Allen, UM pharmacy dean.
“Geremy and Andy have both been academic leaders and engaged in numerous service projects,” Allen said. “We will miss them both, but we look forward to seeing them apply their considerable leadership and intellectual skills within the profession.”