Commencement 2020

Congratulations #Roosevelt2020 graduates!

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Our Graduates

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Ceremony Videos

Pomp & Circumstance

Hana Fujisaki, Piano
Vince Espinoza, Bass
Josh Hill, Drums

The Star-Spangled Banner

Ciera Willams, Vocalist
David Nakazono, 1st Trumpet
Kerry Thomas, 2nd Trumpet
Cooper Johnson, Horn
Haley Henning, Trombone
Bradley Geneser, Tuba

Introductions

Lois Becker, PhD | Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Welcome to New Graduates

Ali R. Malekzadeh, PhD | President

Greetings from the Board of Trustees

Patricia Harris | Chair, Board of Trustees

Congratulations from the Dean of Students

Jamar Orr | Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean Studentss

Student Speaker

Katelyn Jaffe | Student Speaker, Bachelor of Arts, Special Education

Student Speaker

Phylicia Richardson | Student Speaker, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Congratulations from the College of Arts and Sciences

Cami K. McBride, PhD | Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations from the Heller College of Business

Ryan J. Petty, PhD | Dean, Walter E. Heller College of Business

Congratulations from the College of Education

Tom Philion, PhD | Dean, College of Education

Congratulations from Chicago College of Performing Arts

Rudy Marcozzi, PhD | Dean, Chicago College of Performing Arts

Congratulations from the College of Pharmacy

Melissa Hogan, PharmD | Dean, College of Pharmacy

Congratulations from the Robert Morris Experiential College

Paul Gaszak | Dean, Robert Morris Experiential College

Closing Remarks and Conferral of Degrees

Ali R. Malekzadeh, PhD | President

Alma Mater

Theatre Conservatory students Ariana Arralde, Amari Gamble, Ian Weber and Maria Szczasny perform the Alma Mater.

Recessional

My Block, My Hood, My City

The Roosevelt University Commencement Ceremony Brass Quintet perform By Binding Light by composer Katahj Copley. On behalf of the RU Class of 2020, they will be donating to the local nonprofit My Block, My Hood, My City in support of Black lives (you can read quintet member Haley Henning's blog post about this decision). Funds will be also be matched by the CCPA Dean's Office. If you would like to contribute to My Block, My Hood, My City to honor the Class of 2020 and support Black lives, you can donate at formyblock.org.

'By Binding Light' by Katahj Copley: Movement 1

David Nakazono, 1st Trumpet
Kerry Thomas, 2nd Trumpet
Cooper Johnson, Horn
Haley Henning, Trombone
Bradley Geneser, Tuba

'By Binding Light' by Katahj Copley: Movement 2

David Nakazono, 1st Trumpet
Kerry Thomas, 2nd Trumpet
Cooper Johnson, Horn
Haley Henning, Trombone
Bradley Geneser, Tuba

Additional Congratulations

Faculty and Staff Messages

Messages to the Class of 2020 from Roosevelt University faculty and staff.

Alumni Messages

Roosevelt University alumni messages to the Class of 2020.

International Graduates

Congratulations to our international graduates!