Scott GibersonPharmD Commencement Ceremony

We are working on plans to celebrate graduation and other student accomplishments, but do not have specific updates at this time.

Commencement Speaker: Rear Admiral (U) Scott F. Giberson, Assistant U.S. Surgeon General, Acting Deputy Surgeon General 2013-2015

About our speaker

Rear Admiral (RADM) Scott F. Giberson, is an Assistant U.S. Surgeon General, serving our Nation as an active duty officer for over 25 years. He has served with multiple U.S. Departments including Department of Homeland Security (as a founding member), Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, and the U.S. State Department. Currently, he is the acting Director of Human Capital at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Prior to this, RADM Giberson served as:

  • Chief Pharmacist of the U.S. Public Health Service, supporting over 1500 pharmacists nationwide.

  • Director, Commissioned Corps Headquarters from 2011 through 2015; 

  • Senior Advisor to the Office of the Surgeon General

  • overall Commander of the Corps’ Ebola Response in West Africa in 2014; and 

  • acting Deputy U.S. Surgeon General from 2013 until Jan 2015. 

RADM Giberson also served 15 years of his career in the Indian Health Service, responded to the anthrax attacks in New York, shortly after 9-11, and served on many international health missions, involving more than 23 countries.He returned to the Indian Health Service to direct their National HIV/AIDS Program in 2006. He has always championed clinical initiatives and authored the pivotal document in 2011 that arguably stimulated a profession-wide movement toward provider status, “Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes through Advanced Pharmacy Practice.”    


Information For Students

Academic Apparel

Rent your tam, gown, and hood online by Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 11:59 eastern time:

Late orders will incur a fee and may be placed by contacting Herff Jones directly at (952) 447-4449 or

MS/PhD Graduate Student Hooding Ceremony

Friday, May 8th, 2020
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Indoor Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium
Students graduating with their MS or PhD degree & guests are invited to attend a hooding ceremony luncheon.

PharmD Celebration & Awards

Friday, May 8th, 2020
5:00 - 7:00 pm
DQ Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium
PharmD students and up to three guests are invited to attend a celebration & awards ceremony with social hour and appetizer buffet.

PharmD Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 9th, 2020
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Northrop Auditorium (doors open to guests at 12:45 pm)
84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455

  • PharmD students should check-in by 12:45 pm, in their gowns and ready for photos at 1:00 pm sharp.