Midwestern University CCOM Commencement

Message from the President

It is my honor to welcome you to Midwestern University’s virtual commencement ceremony for the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) 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.

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.

We are so proud of the CCOM Class of 2020 graduates, who were known for their compassion, commitment to community service, and overall caring nature. Many of you received TOUCH awards for your extensive and impressive hours of community service. You volunteered locally at community clinics, in the medical tents at the Chicago Marathon, raised money for childhood cancer research for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and packed meals for Feed My Starving Children. Several of you also participated in international mission trips to Peru, Nicaragua, Cameroon, and the Philippines.

As a class, you provided valuable mentorship to the CCOM students following in your footsteps and made a point to reach out to them to offer advice about boards, rotations, and residency applications. Several of you also received national awards and accolades for research projects and proudly represented CCOM at conferences and symposiums. During your rigorous course of study, you also found time to come together as a class and many of you will remember cheering on the Chicago Cubs as they became World Series Champions for the first time in more than 100 years. We also know of at least seven weddings that took place while you were in medical school.  

You all worked diligently to achieve top board scores and residency placements in several specialties including internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, and surgery. More than half of you will stay in Illinois, while the rest will travel across the nation to begin your careers. For those of you entering the military, we are tremendously proud that you will represent the University as you serve our nation.

Today, you are receiving your Doctor of Osteopathic 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.

Please join me in celebrating our graduates 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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