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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–Arizona (CDMA) 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.

These past four years were filled with many events, milestones, and unique experiences. While you were completing your dental studies at CDMA, your class celebrated the birth of 38 new babies, 27 marriages, and engagements. The Class of 2020 also has many accomplishments to celebrate. You exceeded the national first-time pass rate for your clinical board exams by almost 10%. Members of your class were inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honors society. You won many scholarships and awards. You came together in your third and fourth years to work in the Midwestern University Dental Institute, learning hands-on what it means to have patients entrust their health to your skills. The camaraderie, energy, and shared experiences welded you together as a team – be mindful of those qualities, because they will serve you well when you embark on your professional careers. 

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. Please join me in a moment of reflection in memory of your friend and classmate, Logan Doseck. He was the beloved son of Michael and Katherine Doseck, and loving brother of Hayley Edelman; Logan was a very positive young man, cherished by his classmates, faculty and staff. The entire Midwestern community was shaken by Logan’s passing, and all showed love and support to those grieving his tragic loss. Logan was a friend to all, and his energy and spirit were known by many. He always had good things to say to others, and will be greatly missed. 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.

Community Service was not just a requirement, but a privilege for your class. You performed dental screenings and exams for children, underserved communities, military veterans, and homeless populations, among others. Many of you became involved in local service programs, and others took your skills during outreach trips to underserved communities in Guatemala and Tonga. Your giving spirit led you to these experiences, and these experiences in turn will inform and enhance your professional career by reminding you of the good you can do when you put your patients first.

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

You are receiving your Doctor of Dental Medicine degree and joining the ranks of outstanding alumni that serve the health care community all around our nation and the world. 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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