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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–Illinois (CDMI). 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. 

This class was known for their passion for dentistry, dedicated pursuit of knowledge, service to our community, and enthusiasm for life. 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. During your studies at Midwestern University, many of you have added members to your family and we know of 18 weddings, 15 more engagements, and 14 babies being born while you were in dental school, and a few more on the way. 

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.

Service was not just a requirement, but a privilege for your class. While students, you performed dental screenings and exams for underserved communities. Many of you were able to volunteer at the Mission of Mercy in Springfield, Illinois serving uninsured, underinsured, and low-income families in need of dental services. In addition, several members of this class advocated for your profession as part of the American Dental Association’s Lobby Day. Further from home, many of you participated in international medical mission trips to places such as the Dominican Republic, Peru, Guatemala, and Jamaica.

While some of you will be staying in Illinois to practice, the rest will be moving to different parts of the U.S. and the world to begin your career in dental medicine. 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 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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