Clockwise from top left: Megan Grosso, Claire Barber, Justine Teo Jing Xin, Peter Merikoski, Changqing Shi, James Carl Lagman Osorio

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! To celebrate this year’s Commencement, Chicago College of Performing Arts graduates shared their most memorable Roosevelt experiences.

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Claire Barber, Classical Voice Performance

Classical voice major Claire Barber

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Favorite memory: My favorite memory is probably the time I ran into Jake Heggie getting in the elevator while I had been humming his music, and it freaked me out so much I got off long before reaching my floor. I’m sure I made a stellar first impression...

Social blunders aside, CCPA has impacted me in more ways than I can count. Through this community I met my fiancée, grew as an artist and made some of the most talented friends I could imagine. I want to especially thank my teacher Mark Crayton and my coach Dr. Shannon McGinnis whose guidance, expertise and empathy have helped me to grow both as an artist and as a person.

Megan Grosso, Musical Theatre – Dance

Musical Theatre - Dance graduate Megan Grosso.

Hometown: Billings, Montana

Favorite memory: One of my favorite memories from CCPA was watching my classmates perform. Whether it be a dance, song, scene or show, it has been the greatest honor to watch my classmates succeed and grow over the years. Our love and support for one another is insurmountable, and I'm excited to see everyone share their gifts. There is a special place in my heart for my class, especially MTDs, who have supported me and helped me grow as well. I love you all.

Peter Merikoski, Musical Theatre

Musical theatre major Peter Merikoski

Hometown: Wilmette, Illinois

Favorite memory: Watching VIVID my sophomore year (2018) and realizing the amount of talent I was surrounded by. It was an unforgettable moment and made me so proud to be a part of this school.

James Carl Lagman Osorio, Piano Performance

Piano performance major James Carl Lagman Osorio

Hometown: Tarlac, Philippines

Favorite memory: My favorite CCPA memory would be when I played and conducted the Theatre Conservatory’s production of Into The Woods onstage. I will definitely miss working with my two mentors, Bonnie Shadrake and Kuang-Hao Huang!

Changqing Shi, MM Piano Performance

Roosevelt graduate Changqing Shi

Home country: China

Favorite memories: All my piano lessons with Dr. Winston Choi. My last piano performance class. The exciting night when I got my DMA admission letter from University of Oregon.

Justine Teo Jing Xin, Violin Performance

Violin performance major Justine Teo Jing Xin

Hometown: Singapore

Favorite memory: The people are what made my college experience so special, so it's impossible to pick a single memory! My fondest ones include all the friends, professors and staff I've met at CCPA. Thank you to those who started and ended these four years with me, and everyone else along the way.

Join Roosevelt on Friday, June 26 for a special virtual Commencement ceremony to celebrate recent graduates. The Commencement website will go live at 10 a.m. on Friday.

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