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May 21, 2013

Rush University Celebrates 41st Commencement

(CHICAGO) — Rush University will recognize more than 600 graduating students at its 41th commencement ceremony Thursday, May 23, at 4 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion, 525 South Racine, Chicago.

For the first time in Rush University’s history, the event will be streamed live so that family, friends and loved ones who are unable to attend the event can still be a part of this special moment.

Dr. Larry Goodman, president of Rush University and CEO of Rush University Medical Center, and Dr. Thomas Deutsch, provost of Rush University and dean of Rush Medical College, will preside over the ceremony and award degrees to students graduating from the University’s four colleges.

This year's commencement speaker and the 2013 recipient of the Trustee Medal is Richard M. Jaffee, chairman of the Rush University Medical Center Board of Trustees. Additionally, he will receive the Rush University Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. Jaffee, who also chairs the board’s executive committee, has helped shape Rush’s transformation into a top academic medical center.

Established in 1972, Rush University is comprised of Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and The Graduate College. The graduating students will be receiving the doctorate degrees in medicine from Rush Medical College, and master’s in nursing and doctorates in nursing practice from the College of Nursing.

Degrees conferred by the College of Health Sciences include the bachelor’s degree in imaging sciences, medical laboratory science, perfusion technology, respiratory care and vascular ultrasound; the master’s in clinical laboratory management, clinical nutrition, health systems management, medical laboratory science, occupational therapy, perfusion technology, physician assistant studies, research administration, respiratory care and speech-language pathology; and the doctorate in audiology.

Degrees conferred by the Graduate College include the master’s in anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry, biomechanics, biotechnology, clinical research, immunology/microbiology, neurosciences, and pharmacology and the doctorate in philosophy in anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry, biomechanics, health sciences, immunology/microbiology, molecular biophysics and physiology, neurosciences, nursing science and pharmacology.

Jaffee led the planning phase for a $300 million capital campaign that was launched publicly in 2006. Serving as campaign chairman, Jaffee directed a team of trustees and friends of Rush that raised $389 million to support facilities, clinical and community programs, research and student aid. The Campaign for Rush University Medical Center was completed in 2012 and was the largest capital campaign in Rush’s history.

In addition to serving as its chairman, Jaffee is currently a member of the board’s audit, investment, and nominations and governance committees at Rush and serves ex officio on all other board committees. Even before joining the board, Jaffee co-chaired a leadership committee for the Rush Cancer Center.

Jaffee is chairman of the Oil-Dri Corporation of America, a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of absorbent products. Founded in 1941 as a distributor of clay floor absorbents, the company now develops, manufactures and markets products for consumer, industrial, automotive, agricultural, sports fields and fluids purification markets. Jaffee is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. After service as an officer in the United States Army, Jaffee joined Oil-Dri in 1958, becoming its president in 1960. In 1962, he was named chairman and chief executive officer. He served as CEO of Oil-Dri until 1997.


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