South College graduates 77

Knoxville’s South College School of Pharmacy held their graduation on Friday, June 17, 2016. Friday’s class was the third and largest to graduate from the college; 77 student pharmacists received their degrees.

Hallerin Hilton Hill, a radio and television talk show host, delivered the commencement address. A Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter for Whitney Houston, Take 6 and Bishop T.D. Jakes, Hill travels the country speaking to businesses and organizations to spread his message of positivity.

He shared the ABCs of his value system, with examples from all 26 letters of the alphabet, to challenge students to write their future and then share their dreams with younger generations.

“For C, life takes courage,” Hill said. “Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the commitment to not be paralyzed by fear. We must live our dreams so that those that come behind us can live theirs.”

Jonathan Zierden was among those receiving degrees. He trained and worked in musical theater for eight years before deciding on a career in the medical field after getting married and having four children.

“One of the reasons I chose South College was because we have extended family here,” he said. “After spending the last three years as part of the accelerated pharmacy program, we’ve really put down roots in Knoxville, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.”

South College is a private institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to offer programs at the doctorate, masters, baccalaureate, and associate levels.

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