Midwestern University CDMI Commencement

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Message from the President

It is my honor to welcome you to Midwestern University’s virtual commencement ceremony for the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, Class of 2021. While I truly wish we could all be gathered together in person for this momentous and joyous occasion, I know that the true spirit of Midwestern University is not dependent on a place, time, or gathering. I continue to be impressed by and grateful for all our students, faculty, and staff at Midwestern University. They have worked together to respond to new challenges with resilience, compassion, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

Our Midwestern University family comes together today 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. 

Four years ago, you began orientation as strangers, but today, you graduate as friends and colleagues. The CDMI Class of 2021 is a remarkable one. Many of you received national scholarships and awards from professional dental societies and industry leaders. Your College Dean and professors describe your class as resilient, determined, and dedicated to service to the community.

While students, you performed dental screenings and exams for underserved communities, and were on the frontlines providing excellent dental care during the pandemic. You all were asked to adapt to new schedules, procedures, and protocols as you worked to care for patients while maintaining optimal safety. Throughout the last year, you have impressed us with your flexibility, your compassion, and your commitment.  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 set a wonderful example for our University community, and we urge you to continue to do so as you transition to your professional career.

During your studies at Midwestern University, many of you have added members to your family and we know of 18 weddings, 25 engagements, and an impressive number of 11 babies being born while you were in dental school. While some of you will be staying in Illinois to practice, the rest will be going out across the nation and the world to begin your career in dental medicine or pursuing specialized training in fields such as oral and maxillofacial radiology, orthodontics, and pediatric dentistry. 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 clinic 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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