Midwestern University CHS Commencement - Glendale

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Message from the President

It is my honor to welcome you to Midwestern University’s virtual commencement ceremony. This summer has been unlike any we have ever experienced, and I cannot be more impressed by and grateful for all our students, faculty, and staff. They have worked together to respond to new challenges with resilience, compassion, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. While I truly wish we could all be together for this momentous occasion, I know that the true spirit of Midwestern University is not dependent on a place, time, or gathering.

Today, the Midwestern University family comes together to celebrate the academic accomplishments of our extraordinary students. Our commencements have always focused on our graduates while acknowledging the faculty, loved ones, and supporters who helped them reach this important milestone. I personally thank every graduate for being a member of the Midwestern University academic community and entrusting us with their dreams.

During the course of your studies at, your class spent countless hours together, celebrated birthdays and passing final exams, your families felt the joy of welcoming seven new babies to the world, and some celebrated engagements and marriages. While Commencement is a joyful event that celebrates all of your accomplishments, it is also an opportunity to remember love ones who, although no longer with us, made a big impact in your lives. I invite you to reflect on the care, love, and generosity you received from those special individuals, and, if you wish, dedicate your graduation to them.  It is my sincere hope that you will always cherish the memories of your loved ones’ kindnesses and support through your education, and that those memories will encourage you to return those kindnesses to your patients and communities. 

Over the course of your studies to become clinical psychologists, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists, and occupational therapists, you still found time to devote to giving of yourselves through service, both for events on campus as well as outreach to the community. Working with the homeless and underserved populations, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Valley veterans, and many others, you brought much-needed resources to people in need, and you learned the value of service to others. Several of you were awarded Spirit of Service Scholarships for your commitment to service. We applaud the Class of 2020 graduates for their commitment to community outreach; your University is proud of you and what you have accomplished in volunteering your time, skills, and energy to serve those in need. I encourage you to continue your outreach as you move forward into your careers, because it will not only change others’ lives, but also your own.

For those of you entering the military, we are tremendously proud that you will represent the University as you stand for our nation.

Please join me in celebrating our graduates and know that they leave Midwestern University with the full love and support of their faculty and staff. We are so proud of each and every one of our College of Health Sciences graduates who are joining the team of healthcare heroes caring for our nation. Thank you for letting Midwestern University be a part of your journey.

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