The top academic performers in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s classes of 2022 and 2023 were celebrated at The Rho Chi Society Initiation Ceremony, March 27. Nearly 100 new members were welcomed into UF’s Iota Chapter during the outdoor event at Norman Field.
For the class of 2022, the ceremony represented a long overdue opportunity to gather and celebrate new membership. In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement of the annual ceremony. Society leaders elected to celebrate both Rho Chi classes on the same day this year.
Shauna Buring, Pharm.D., associate dean and clinical associate professor in the UF College of Pharmacy, delivered the keynote address. As a pharmacy student at the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, she was elected into The Rho Chi Society. Buring challenged Rho Chi’s newest members to “enjoy the now” and have fun doing what brings them the most joy.
“Be mindful and intentional in what you are doing now and open to the opportunities that are presented to you,” Buring said. “Thank you for all your hard work and for choosing a profession where you help people liver healthier, happier lives.”
The Rho Chi Society was established in 1922 and serves as the academic honor society in pharmacy. Membership is reserved for those scholars who distinguish themselves academically and professionally and aspire to carry on the mission and vision of the society. UF’s Iota Chapter was the ninth to be recognized and received approval from the other member chapters.