Commencement ceremony for 1,500 students in blue caps and gowns

AHS Convocation 2020

Congratulations Illinois Graduates

In-person Commencement ceremonies for May have been postponed and will be rescheduled when it is safe to gather again.

Please join us for a university-wide online Commencement celebration on May 16 at noon, CDT. go.illinois.edu/celebration.

The College of Applied Health Sciences will be posting congratulatory videos and a Convocation booklet recognizing our graduating students shortly after the online Commencement celebration.

If you have any questions, please visit the Commencement website or e-mail commencement@illinois.edu.

AHS Convocation Videos

2020 Virtual Convocation for Undergraduate Students

Dean Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell and academic advisors Kim Shinew, Amy O'Neill, Kathi Ritten, Hollie Heintz and Beth Frasca send their good wishes to the undergraduate students in the 2020 Class of the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Click here to see the full transcript.

CHERYL HANLEY-MAXWELL: Hello, class of 2020. I'm Dr. Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell, dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences and a proud Illini alumna. I know the lifetime memories and benefits you'll carry with you as a graduate at this college and this university. While we can't give you the celebratory sendoff you so richly deserve after all of your hard work, I want you to know that my faculty, staff, and I are very proud of you and all that you've accomplished in your time with us. And even though we miss seeing you in person, we can still congratulate you on your achievements.

When you enrolled in your degree programs in AHS, you chose dynamic and challenging fields. That said, none of us could have anticipated the current challenges that are affecting health care, allied health, and health-related industries, as well as leisure, recreation, and tourism industries, and academic institutions, and just about everything else.

But throughout your time with us, and especially in this last semester, you've demonstrated that you can handle whatever life throws at you, and do so admirably. You have shown yourselves to be dedicated, creative, flexible, and enthusiastic students. I urge you to take those qualities, your passion for your chosen field, and all that you've learned in your undergraduate programs, and go out and make this world a better place for all of us. Congratulations to each of you, and go Illini!

KIM SHINEW: Hi, I'm Dr. Kim Shinew, and I'm the undergraduate director at the University of Illinois, in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. I want to congratulate all of you on receiving your Bachelor of Science degree from one of the top public institutions, and from a program long represented as a leader in our field. We are so proud of you.

Meaningful words are hard to come by in this profound time. This graduation season is bittersweet. However, I hope when you reflect on the totality of your experiences here, you will do so fondly. You are graduating into an uncertain time, and you are being forced to grapple with a radically changing world. Never in our lives have we collectively experienced such drastic change so rapidly. You are special because you are the first wave of new professionals who are going to deal with these changes.

As we move beyond essential services and establish the new normal, people will be eager to resume their recreation, sport and tourism activities. The most creative, hopeful, and well-trained professionals will have much to contribute. That is you. You are well-prepared to lead us. The communities and organizations, you will be serving need you as much or more than before. After four years of getting to know so many of you, I am confident in your abilities to meet this historic challenge with compassion, creativity, and energy. Again, congratulations RST graduates, well done! I wish you all the success and happiness in the future.

AMY O'NEILL: Congratulations, Kinesiology graduates-- you did it! Cassie and I are so happy for you and your families. We are grateful for the opportunity we had to work with you and get to know you. We are so proud of all that you accomplished, both inside and outside the classroom. We wish you all the best as you continue on your chosen paths. We are confident that you will have a positive impact on those around you. We hope that you'll stay in touch. Good luck and congratulations.

KATHI RITTEN: Congratulations on your graduation, Speech and Hearing Science class of 2020. You have worked so hard to get to this point and accomplish so much. I'm so sorry I can't be with you in person to hug you and celebrate this special time with you. I want you to know how proud I am of each and every one of you, and how much it has meant to me to have served as your academic advisor.

I know that whatever your next step is after graduation, you're going to have such a positive impact on the world of ours. I hope that you will keep in touch, let us all know how you're doing, and that no matter where life takes you, you will always think of Illinois as home. Congratulations.

HOLLIE HEINTZ: Hello graduates! I'm Hollie Heintz, one of the academic advisors for Community Health. My goodness, what a wild ride this has been! In my first year as your advisor, you have taught me so much about what it means to be a Community Health major and now graduate, which means that you are exceptional students, you are incredibly passionate about health care, and you have more compassion for individuals and communities than anyone could ever express.

We are in awe of what you have accomplished in your time here, and we are so excited to see what the future holds for you. We can't wait to hear about the amazing things you're doing as you go out into the world creating healthier communities. Congratulations, Community Health graduates, and to all of the class of 2020.

BETH FRASCA: Hello, class of 2020. My name is Beth Frasca, and I'm one of the academic advisors for the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program. As most of you know, you were my first incoming freshman class, and we have grown so much together over the past four years of the University of Illinois. I will truly miss seeing your faces as you walk through the halls, having you stop by my office to update me on your progress in your courses and your life, and I've cherished all the breakfasts and lunches that we've had together. It has been a privilege to laugh with you, cry with you, and celebrate the moments together throughout the last four years.

I want you to know that I'm proud of each and every one of you for your accomplishments, and look forward to hearing about your futures. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your journey, and know that I have learned something from each and every one of you along the way. Please continue to keep me updated on your successes. I am honored to have known all of you, and wish you all the best in the future. Congratulations, and welcome to the Illinois alumni family.

 

 

2020 Virtual Convocation for Graduate Students

Dean Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell and department heads Amy Woods, Karen Iler Kirk and Carla Santos send their good wishes to the graduate students in the 2020 Class of the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Click here to see the full transcript.

CHERYL HANLEY-MAXWELL: I'm Dr. Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell, Dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences. I am a proud alumna of the University of Illinois. I know the lifetime memories and benefits you will carry with you having completed a graduate degree at this college and at this university.

I want to take a moment to congratulate you on continuing your degrees and to tell you that the faculty and I are proud of you and all of the hard work that you put into your degrees. When you enrolled in your graduate programs at AHS, you chose dynamic and challenging fields.

That said, none of us could be anticipated the current challenges that are affecting our health care, allied health, and health-related industries, leisure, recreation, and tourism industries, academic institutions, and virtually every aspect of your lives. But throughout your time with us, and especially in this last semester, you've demonstrated that you can handle whatever life throws at you and do so admirably.

I have confidence in your ability to make significant positive contributions towards improving the quality of life across a lifespan and through diverse societies. I wish you great success in your future careers. And I'm delighted to call you an AHS alum. Congratulations to each of you and go Illini.

AMY WOODS: I'm Dr. Amy Woods, head of the Kinesiology and Community Health Department. I'd like to offer my heartiest congratulations to all of you who are completing your masters and PhD degrees this year. The importance of individuals who contribute to improve well-being and healthy communities has been made abundantly clear during this challenging health crisis. You have professional goals to serve as researchers and scientists, as educators and administrators, as nurses, doctors, and other practitioners. You distinguish yourself through your work in the classroom, laboratory, and the world beyond campus.

You've demonstrated your passion for your chosen fields and shown integrity and resolve in all that you do. I am deeply proud for you and wish each and every one of you a safe, prosperous, and fulfilling future. Thank you.

KAREN ILER KIRK: I'm Dr. Karen Iler Kirk, head of the Department of Speech and Hearing Science. To all of those completing graduate degrees this year, I say congratulations and thank you. Despite of the unprecedented health crisis that turned the world upside down, you maintained your commitment to academic and professional excellence. You demonstrated your determination to help individuals across a lifespan secure effective communication—a fundamental human right.

As you embark on careers as clinicians, educators, and scholars, I know that each of you will continue to serve others with passion and integrity. The Department of Speech and Hearing Science is very proud of your accomplishments and the great things to come for you. I wish you well in all of your future endeavors.

CARLA SANTOS: Congratulations, graduates, family, and friends. I'm Dr. Carla Santos, head of the Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism. I want to congratulate and give encouragement to all our graduate students who are completing their degrees this year and entering an uncertain world as professionals.

The impact of the pandemic on leisure and educational industries has been severe and wide spread. But you, you have the knowledge and the experience to rebuild these industries and make them better than ever. The creative critical thinking and big picture skills that you've developed and nurtured here at Illinois are more important than ever. You are ready to lead. Know that.

I speak on behalf of the entire department when I say that we are extremely proud of each and every single one of you. And we wish you all a safe, prosperous, and fulfilling future. Please do stay in touch. Congratulations. And go Illini.

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2020 Graduate Celebration Videos

Greetings from KCH | Department of Kinesiology & Community Health at Illinois

Greetings from RST | Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at Illinois

Greetings from the Department of Speech & Hearing Science at Illinois!

Greetings from the Chez Veterans Center at Illinois!