Merrie Kay Alzola
Merrie Kay Alzola

By Tia Weyrauch, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Merrie Kay Alzola, class of 1993, senior account executive, Novo Nordisk, will be the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences on Thursday, May 2.

“Merrie Kay’s devotion to the profession of pharmacy is phenomenal.  She is committed to identifying opportunities for student pharmacists to network and build relationships with alumni and other thought leaders.  A shining example of how Cougar pharmacists give back to the college, I am excited to have her speak at commencement.” said Linda Garrelts MacLean, vice dean for the college.

Merrie Kay has been recognized for leadership and contributions to the profession.  She received the WSPA Pharmacist of the Year award in 2014, the Pharmacy Leadership award for the State of Washington in 2011, was named Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2002, and the Innovative Pharmacist of the Year in 2001. She was honored by the CPPS as the 2014 Outstanding Alumna of the Year in recognition for her contributions toward helping to establish the college’s Alumni and Student Mentor Program.

Merrie Kay Alzola’s selection as the commencement speaker for pharmacy maintains the college’s practice to bring thought leaders to campus. Her record in pharmacy shows a dedication to the college’s mission to lead in advancing, promoting and protecting human health.

Full details on the WSU College of Pharmacy commencement ceremony can be found online at