Midwestern University CCOM Commencement

Message from the President

It is my honor to welcome you to Midwestern University’s virtual commencement ceremony for the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2021. This virtual ceremony is a time for family, friends, and loved ones to celebrate the important achievements of your graduate. While large, in-person celebrations are not possible this year, I look forward to seeing many of our graduates at an optional special closing ceremony. Although the closing ceremony is limited to graduates only, we will record this event and provide a link for viewing with family and friends. I thank you for your understanding, patience, and continued commitment to excellence as together we have successfully faced so many new challenges brought about by the global pandemic.

Our Midwestern University family comes together virtually today to celebrate the academic accomplishments of our osteopathic medical 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.

Although you began orientation as strangers, today you graduate as friends and colleagues. While students, many of you received scholarships, awards, and acceptance into national honor societies. Your Dean and faculty members have remarked on your dedication to succeed academically and your commitment to working together to make sure everyone in your class experienced success. And, we know of at least 12 weddings, 16 engagements, and eight babies born during your time at Midwestern University. 

We are so proud of this class of CCOM graduates who were known for their collaborative spirit, commitment to community service, and resilience. This class completed many hours of community service throughout their four years at CCOM and had major roles in the St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser to support research on childhood cancer and Scholars de Salud where they mentored Chicago high school students who are underrepresented in healthcare professions. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students volunteered their time at local hospitals or provided assistance to healthcare workers on the frontlines. When Midwestern University received approval to become a Point of Distribution for COVID-19 vaccines, many of you volunteered to support our community vaccination effort, Operation Hope.

You all worked diligently to achieve top board scores and residency placements in several specialties including internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, and anesthesiology. Your class matched above the national average for MDs and DOs and several of you matched into top programs and competitive specialties. You set a wonderful example for our University community, and we urge you to continue to do so as you transition to your professional career.

While some of you will be staying in Illinois, the rest will be going out across the nation to begin your careers. For those of you entering the military, we are tremendously proud that you will represent the University as you serve our nation. Wherever you go, we know that you will represent Midwestern University and your College well, and that the lessons you learned over four years of study and clinical experiences will help you become the best version of yourselves, personally and professionally.

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

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