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Congratulations Graduate School Class of 2020!

The Graduate School Class of 2020 is honored in a special video tribute.

UT Southwestern honors the 54 graduates of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for completing their degrees! Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, commencement ceremonies for students are postponed until May 2021, to be combined with that year's graduating class. Although the formal celebration is postponed, UTSW shares in students' joy for achieving this milestone and wishes graduates success, happiness, and ultimate fulfillment in the next stages of their lives. 

See the list of 2020 Graduate School graduates.



[Dr. Zinn]

Hi, I'm Dr. Andrew Zinn, Dean of UT Southwestern Graduate School and a fellow UT Southwestern alumnus.

The graduate school decided to make this video to celebrate your achievement of earning your Graduate degree and to make sure that we mark this milestone amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

I hope that in the years to come, it will serve to remind you of the time you spent at UT Southwestern. Colleagues that you met, lasting friendships you made, and experiences that you shared.

Please accept my congratulations on behalf of all the UT Southwestern faculty and staff involved in your education and enjoy the video.


[Dr. Podolsky]

Good afternoon. I'm here today to offer my congratulations for all that you've accomplished in your doctoral studies.

Although this academic year has not ended in a way that any of us could have imagined at its beginning, you have nonetheless navigated a doctoral degree and are now prepared to contribute to advance science in the years ahead.

I had looked forward to see you in the seats behind me, but COVID-19 has made other plans for us.

Still, I look forward to the time a year from now when you will be here and I will have the chance to congratulate you in person as you rock across the stage and I have the opportunity to hand you your diploma.

In the meantime, my heartiest congratulations.

(soft music)


[Dr. Lee]

Dear graduates, you should be proud of all your accomplishments. I wish you the best in your next venture.

Keep UT Southwestern in your hearts and go conquer the world.



[Dr. Russell]

Graduates, I'm David Russell, the Dean of Research in one of a large team of people that enables research across our campus.

The fact that I'm addressing you as a graduate of UT Southwestern means that this team has done its job and provided the resources needed to complete your dissertation research.

Congratulations on doing so.

You now have the tools to deal with uncertainty, the unexpected, and the unknown.

A skillset that's even more valuable today as we deal with a pandemic.

So as you venture forth to other campuses, institutions and fields of endeavor, use these tools to make us proud.


[Dr. Park]

So thank you again for the kind introduction.

I would like to first start by thanking Dr. Zinn and the Nominata Award Committee.

This is indeed a remarkable distinction and I'm humbly honored to be the recipient this year.

I want to give my sincere appreciation to Dr. Danuser, my mentor, guide and manager, for supervising my training at UT Southwestern.

Let it be known that I'm giving a lecture today not because I was a great student, but because I had a great mentor. 

(soft uplifting music)


[Dr. Gardner]

Congratulations, graduates.

Now go out and do something you love because you've earned it.

The world needs people with your interests, passions and skills now more than ever.

You have a lot to be to be proud of, I wish you the very best.


[Dr. Lundsteen]

Congratulations, I hope your career next steps are fantastic.

(soft uplifting music)


 [Dr. Ravinik]

Hey guys, it has been my distinct pleasure and privilege to get to know with you and work with you during your scientific training here at UT Southwestern.

Now upon your graduation, I want to wish you all the best, have a great future.

Be well.


[Dr. Street]

Congratulations to the graduates of 2020.

I'm very proud of all that you've accomplished during your time at UT Southwestern.

Your hard work in the classes, your research discoveries and the contributions that you've made to the UT Southwestern community.

I cannot wait to see what you'll accomplish next so go forth and do great things.

Best wishes and stay in touch.

(soft uplifting music)


[Dr. Zinn]

 Congratulations on completing your UT Southwestern graduate degree.

Whether you have earned a master's in clinical science, or a doctorate in biomedical science, or in clinical psychology, the importance of your expertise for society has never been more evident than now.

I hope you will be able to participate in an actual commencement with all the "Pomp and

Circumstance" a year from now. But regardless, I am proud to have you join

the alumni of UT Southwestern Graduate School.

I wish you the best of success in achieving all of your career goals.

(upbeat music)

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