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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 Pharmacy–Glendale (CPG) Class of 2020. 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.

You began orientation as strangers, but today, you graduate as friends and colleagues. While you were studying at Midwestern, we all felt the joy of six babies born to CPG Class of 2020 members since your first classes began, including a set of twins. 

The Class of 2020 is a remarkable one. Many of you received awards and scholarships from your College, from professional pharmacist societies, and from your peers. You were recognized for your professionalism, for your research, and for achieving your student goals. Your College leaders have described you as “driven to success, selflessly working together for the betterment of the whole.” As you go out to begin your careers, keep that passion for excellence as a motivator for your success and the well-being of your patients. 

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. 

The list of service-related accomplishments for your class is long and distinguished. CPG Class of 2020 members volunteered at Feed My Starving Children, the St. Mary’s Food Bank, the Health Outreach through Medicine and Education (H.O.M.E.) program, and the Arizona Mission of Mercy. CPG volunteers could be found at the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and Habitat for Humanity. You advocated for your profession in Washington, D.C., provided screenings at health fairs, went on mission trips to Guatemala and Honduras, and even participated in roadside cleanup. You set a wonderful example for our University community, and we urge you to continue to do so as you transition to your professional lives.

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

Today, you are receiving your Doctor of Pharmacy degree and joining the ranks of outstanding alumni that serve the health care community all around our nation and the world. The lessons you learned over years of study and clinical rotations will serve you well as you begin your pharmacy careers. Some of you will be staying in Arizona to practice; the rest will be working across the nation. Wherever you go, we know that you will represent Midwestern University and your College well. Our graduates are leaders in all health care fields, representing Midwestern University with pride wherever they practice.  You, like all of those who have graduated before you, have the necessary skills to be an exceptional and compassionate member of the health care team.

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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