May 15, 2020
Dear Creighton Community,
Today and tomorrow, we will celebrate the Class of 2020 through our first virtual school and college commencement ceremonies and our all-University degree-conferral ceremony. I invite you to join us to watch starting at 10 a.m. CDT today, as we begin honoring the more than 2,170 graduates who have earned a degree at Creighton University and will begin new journeys as lifelong learners.
The Class of 2020 includes more than 800 graduates from our undergraduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, Heider College of Business, and College of Professional Studies; nearly 550 from our graduate programs; nearly 100 from the School of Law; and more than 700 from our health sciences programs in nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and medicine, including graduates from our Creighton University Health Sciences – Phoenix Campus. Our graduates hail from almost every state and more than 28 countries.
We gather under extraordinary circumstances – together, yet at a distance – to celebrate this timeless and most important tradition, and our Creighton community is extremely proud of our deserving graduates, whose hard work, persistence, dedication, resilience, and faith have brought them to this auspicious occasion.
Impressively, we find that 98% of our graduates are employed or are in a graduate, professional, or service program within six months of graduation. Today’s graduates join nearly 70,000 Creighton alumni living and working worldwide. They carry with them Creighton’s Jesuit, Catholic spirit of professional excellence and commitment to service. In Phoenix, our graduates are filling a critical need for health care professionals in the region, and, here in Omaha, where many of our graduates choose to stay, Creighton alumni are leaders, visionaries, and doers, improving the lives of all in our community.
Indeed, it is the essence of a Creighton education. For while we seek to impart knowledge, so, too, we seek to instill capacities for kindness, compassion, service to others, and a desire to build a world that better reflects justice and truth.
In these days ahead, we not only celebrate our graduates’ many achievements, but we excitedly anticipate their futures, eager to see how they will make a difference. In these challenging and uncertain times, I encourage our entire Creighton community to take some time today and tomorrow to watch our commencement ceremonies.
Graduates, please know, we are cheering for you, and you will be in our prayers today and always.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD