April 21, 2018 - 2:00pm
915 E Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Please save the date for the U-M College of Pharmacy Commencement Ceremony.

  • Speaker Information

    Milap C. Nahata is the Founding Director of the Institute of Therapeutic Innovations and Outcomes (ITIO); Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy at the College of Pharmacy; and Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the College of Medicine at the Ohio State University (OSU).  He was Division Chair, Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy and Associate Director, Medical Center Department of Pharmacy during 1998-2013 when the Division became widely recognized for its innovative pharmacy practices and residencies in ambulatory and community pharmacy, vibrant education and research programs, and strong partnerships with other health sciences, practice settings and the community.

    Nahata began his academic career in clinical pharmacy practice, education, research, and service at OSU in 1977.  He teaches courses on pharmacotherapy and leadership, and has mentored nearly 200 graduate and professional students, residents and fellows.  He has received seven outstanding teaching awards from the College of Pharmacy, a university teaching award from Ohio State, and two distinguished educator awards from national associations: American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). He is a recipient of the Richard Helms Award for Sustained and Significant Contributions to Advance Pediatric Pharmacy Practice from PPAG, co-recipient of the Best Practices Award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Pioneer in Pediatric Pharmacy Award from University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Julius Sturmer Award for Commitment to Innovative Pharmacy Practice and Pediatric Pharmacotherapy, from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and named Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice for professional excellence and dedication to interdisciplinary care.

    Nahata has been Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy since 2006. With practice and patient focused research in pediatric pharmacotherapy, Nahata has authored or coauthored nearly 600 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and five books (two authored and three edited) largely about the treatment of conditions affecting pediatric patients; majority of drugs are used off-label and his work describes dosage regimens, efficacy and safety data in this population. “Pediatric Drug Formulations” is in 6th edition and is the most widely used book in this field, to provide access to information for preparing suitable formulations of drugs not commercially available for use in infants and young children. “Pediatric Pharmacotherapy” is the first comprehensive textbook describing specific disease states, medication selection and use, monitoring of effectiveness and safety, and patient/caregiver education essential for the optimal management of various conditions affecting pediatric patients.  He is a recipient of five research achievement awards from national organizations: ACCP, ASHP, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society. He is a Fellow of ACCP, APhA, ASHP, American Academy of Microbiology, American College of Clinical Pharmacology, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and PPAG. He has presented over 300 invited lectures in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and the US, including over 40 distinguished lectureships at various colleges of pharmacy.  While continuing work in pediatric pharmacy he has led the ITIO, covering millions of lives across the US and providing medication therapy management services to over 150,000 patients per year, enhancing medication therapy outcomes, safety and cost savings. 

    Nahata is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), now National Academy of Medicine.  He is a recipient of the Sumner Yaffe Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics from PPAG, and the Paul Parker Medal for lifetime impact with outstanding and significant contributions for improving or expanding the profession of pharmacy from ACCP. He has received Distinguished Service award from AACP Pharmacy Practice Section. He has served as President of both AACP and ACCP, and as chair or member of various national committees within pharmacy organizations, including AACP, ACCP, ACPE, AFPE, APhA, ASHP and Rho Chi Society, and of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), AHRQ, FDA, USP, IOM, Pew Health Professions Commission, National Academy of Practice, European Society of Clinical Pharmacy and International Pharmaceutical Federation.  He served as a member of the Commission to Implement Change in Pharmaceutical Education, which led to adoption of PharmD as first professional pharmacy degree in US.  He has been a member of two IOM committees leading to two influential reports (Emergency Care for Children; and, Safe and Effective Medicines for Children).  He was chosen as Pharmacy Pioneer from alumni of Duquesne University School of Pharmacy. He is a recipient of the Community Leadership Award from the Asian Indian Alliance. Former pharmacy students and fellows contributed to the establishment of the annual Milap Nahata Distinguished Lectureship at OSU College of Pharmacy and an endowment to support his work. 

  • Event Day Information

    General information:

    • Please plan to arrive early.
    • Please turn off all cell phones.
    • Commencement will start at 2:00 pm.


    • Line up in alpha order.
    • First person of the row enters and moves all the way to the far side of the row.
    • Each row follows in turn.

    Oath of a Pharmacist:

    • Class representative will instruct you to speak loudly and in UNISON.

    Hooding of the Graduates:

    • Faculty Marshal will lead first student from seat to stage, entire row follows.
    • Each row will rise and process to the stage. The faculty marshal will release you to enter the stage as your name is called.
    • Stand on the X in front of the Associate Deans to be hooded.
    • Walk to the DEAN and shake hands (photo will be taken).
    • Walk to the Faculty Marshal for Certificate (for photo purposes only).
    • When you return to your original seat....PLEASE BE SEATED IMMEDIATELY.

    After Ceremony:

    • Group photo will be taken on the steps of Rackham immediately following the ceremony. 
    • Please return rentals gowns, hood, and tams to the 2nd floor before leaving Rackham.
    • Pick up envelope with graduation materials at the same time.
    • Congratulations!! 
  • Ann Arbor Travel

    The Commencement Ceremony is being held at Rackham Auditorium.
    Address: 915 E. Washington Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

    Detroit International Airport (DTW) is the airport nearest Ann Arbor. Travel time from DTW to Ann Arbor is approximately 25 minutes.

    ACCOMMODATIONS (Closest to Rackham)

    Bell Tower
    300 South Thayer
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    (734) 769-3010

    Graduate Ann Arbor
    615 East Huron Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    (800) 666-8693

    Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown

    120 West Huron Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    (734) 662-9999

    A complete list of accommodations in the Ann Arbor area can be found at: http://www.visitannarbor.org/accommodations/hotels

    A complete list of driving directions can be found at: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/rackham_building/driving_directions/

    The Thayer (216 S. Thayer Street), Fletcher (201 Fletcher Street), and Palmer Structures (200 Washtenaw Avenue) will be open beginning at 9:00 am for visitors on Commencement day. Please note that at the Palmer Structure only the Blue parking area is available.

    A complete list of restaurants in the Ann Arbor area can be found at: http://www.visitannarbor.org/dining

  • FAQs

    Will guests need to bring the commencement invitations to get into Rackham?
    No. Guests will not need to bring anything to enter.

    Is there a limit of guests we can invite?
    Currently there is no limit of how many guests can be invited.

    When will the commencement attire arrive? The commencement attire is due to arrive at the College of Pharmacy by April 9th.  An email notification will be sent when the attire arrives.

    When do I need to return my commencement attire?The University of Michigan commencement ceremony is Saturday, April 28. Students attending the University of Michigan ceremony should return the academic attire to Hilda McDonald by Monday, April 30.