Midwestern University CGS Commencement - Downers Grove

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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 Graduate Studies (CGS), Downers Grove Campus. This spring has been unlike any we have ever experienced, and I cannot be more 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. 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.

The 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. 

This group of graduates were known for their hard work, collaborative spirit, and dedication. You began orientation as strangers, but today, you graduate as friends and colleagues. These past years were filled with many events, milestones, and unique experiences. Over the course of your studies, you created support networks and virtual study groups to help everyone succeed. We also know of one engagement and of at least two weddings that will happen soon.

Commencement is a joyful event that celebrates all of your accomplishments, but 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. 

While at Midwestern, you excelled in research projects and proudly represented the University at conferences and symposiums. In addition to your rigorous course of study, you found time to give of yourselves, hosting the annual Breakfast with Santa event, volunteering at local hospitals, raising funds for cancer research, and helping other organizations in need of compassion and care.  

Many of our Biomedical Sciences graduates will be back in Midwestern University classrooms and lecture halls very soon. Members of your class are already accepted into our osteopathic medicine, dental medicine, optometry, physician assistant, and pharmacy programs. The course for success that you charted in the Biomedical Sciences program will serve you well as you pursue your healthcare career goals.

Some of you have already found employment in research, and in these challenging times the world will benefit from your training and skills. We know that you will take the lessons learned here at Midwestern University; these were lessons of service, compassion, dedication, and focus – and use them for the benefit of your communities who need you now more than ever.  

We celebrate our Class of 2020 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 graduates who will soon join 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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