Midwestern University CVM 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 Veterinary Medicine 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 veterinary studies at Midwestern University, seven marriages and two engagements were celebrated, and three new babies welcomed into the world. In the spirit of One Health, there were also countless “fur baby” animal adoptions, including some of your second-year surgery veterinary patients. The CVM Class of 2020 also had many academic accolades to celebrate. Nine of you were named Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars, and twenty-six of your classmates were inducted into the Phi Zeta veterinary honor society. Many of you received certifications and awards, and your work has been showcased on campus and at national meetings, as well as in highly-regarded industry journals.

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.

Community Service was not just a requirement, but a privilege for your class. As part of the University’s One Health team, the CVM Class of 2020 volunteered at Health Outreach through Medicine and Education (H.O.M.E.) programs at homeless shelters. You gained critical hands-on experience by going into the community to perform TNR events. You performed community service as you accompanied the Mobile Clinic to rural areas in need. The Class of 2020 were also important voices at campus events, and your class offered mentorship to other CVM students who were just starting their education. Be proud of your example; remember the rewards of your service when you embark on your professional careers. 

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 Veterinary Medicine 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 four years of study and clinical rotations will serve you well as you begin your professional 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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