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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 Health Sciences­ (CHS), Glendale 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 from 4 doctoral and master programs: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Master of Science in Cardiovascular Science, and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Our commencement ceremonies 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. These past years were filled with many events, milestones, and unique experiences. Along the way, in between long hours dedicated to academics, research, and clinical rotations, this class spent time with their friends and families, went on vacation to wonderful destinations, and celebrated many happy occasions, including engagements and the birth of ten babies. 

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, Christian Wala. He was the beloved son of Emil and Janina Wala, and loving brother of Robert (Edyta) and Artur (Esveidy); Chris was indeed a very special young man, cherished by his classmates, faculty and staff in the Physical Therapy Program and beyond. The entire Midwestern community was shaken by Christian’s passing, and all showed love and support to those grieving his tragic loss. Chris was a friend to all, and his energy and spirit were known by many.  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.

Over the course of your studies to become podiatrists, physical therapists, cardiovascular perfusionists, and speech-language pathologists, you still found time for volunteering and service, both during on-campus events and outreach to the community. This class worked with the senior population, Special Olympics athletes, high school students wanting to learn more about healthcare careers, homeless populations, and many others, bringing compassionate care and resources to people in need. Midwestern University is proud of you and what you have accomplished by devoting your time, skills, and energies to valuable service to others. I encourage you to continue your outreach as you move forward into your careers. 

For those of you entering the military, we are tremendously proud that you will represent Midwestern University as you serve our country. 

One of your classmates provided a touching statement: “Simply, thank you Midwestern. You’ve given me more than you know!” I, on behalf of the administration, faculty and staff of the University, can sincerely say that the feeling is reciprocated. You are receiving your Doctoral Degree in Podiatric Medicine or Physical Therapy, or your Master’s Degree in Cardiovascular Science and Speech Language Pathology, 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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