'The future can wait' — advice (and encouragement) for the new graduates
'The future can wait' — advice (and encouragement) for the new graduates

On A Day for Jays, the Creighton community came together to support our students, raising more than $444,000 (!) for scholarships and COVID-19 emergency aid. 

More than 900 Bluejays made a gift on Tuesday. Many of them also offered a few words of advice and encouragement. 

Here's what a few dozen alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff and graduating seniors wanted to say to the Class of 2020 ahead of commencement


 

Thanks to the class of 2020 for your resilience, kindness and humor that helped all of us every day. 
— Carol Zuegner, Class of 1977

Use your degree and gifts for the betterment of others; you'll feel whole while shaping the world along the way!
— Maren Haddad, Class of 2018

Best to all of you — Creighton is a wonderful school that has given you all that you need to fully participate in the world around you. Remember what you've learned. It will serve you well. 
— Kim Carroll, Class of 1997

Be faithful. Accept challenges as opportunities for growth. Your future is bright. Chase your dreams with passion. Trust your instincts.
— Michael Marasco, Class of 1987

I just want to encourage all of the 2020 graduates: God knew exactly which ones to choose for 2020. You were hand-picked by God to handle this! Each one of you is special to me and to God. Nothing is coincidence! You were chosen for such a time as this.
— LaShea Simmons Pogge, Class of 2020

Way to go, class of 2020!  And one to remember!  The world is your oyster. Go out there and show them how it’s done!
— Lance Hiatt, Class of 1994

Congratulations to the medical school class of 2020! Your hard work, compassion and perseverance are an inspiration to us all and will serve you well in the years ahead. Remember, there is an art to medicine as well as a science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug. Take care of yourself as you care for others. Celebrate your great achievement!
— Mariclaire England, Class of 2020

The future can wait. Take time to celebrate and enjoy your graduation. You have so much to be proud of! 
— Mason Harmon, Class of 2020

 

Even though your time at Creighton was cut short, you are part of a forever family. Good luck, keep your head held high and know you are entering the next chapter with knowledge and a degree from an exceptional university. Go Jays!
— Jeff Belden, Classes of 2006 and 2011

My heartfelt congratulations to all the Creighton graduates, the SPAHP graduates and especially the pharmacy graduates and my advisees. Wishing everyone a successful and impactful career in all aspects of their disciplines as global citizens.  
— Naser Alsharif, Class of 1992

In times of triumph and adversity, keep striving for the magis. Go forth and set the world on fire. Congratulations!
— Kate Kearney, Class of 2020

Great moments are born from great opportunity. Now go out there and take it!
— Rick Bruno

Embrace the obstacle because breakthrough is on the other side of it. 
— Debbie Grill, Classes of 2018 and 2020

To John Guggenberger, Class of 2020
John, we are so proud of what you have accomplished during your time at Creighton. Now it’s your turn to go set the world on fire! Love always, Mom and Dad

Congratulations to all the graduating pharmacists. I am proud to call you all colleagues!
— Emily Knezevich, faculty

All good things come to those who wait. A new future is just around the corner!
— Olivia    

Congrats to all the 2020 grads! You will do amazing things with your Creighton University diploma. Good luck as you go out and conquer the world! 4everaJay❤️
— Dottie Hessel

Don't let expectations define you, but continue to color outside the lines and shine brightly with your inner Ignatian flames.
— Raven Ortolan

Congratulations and thank you for representing Creighton as students. We can't wait to see how you represent Creighton as alumni!
— Emily Jewell, Class of 2010

As the assistant vice president of Alumni Relations, I congratulate and welcome you to the alumni community. Four years ago in the Skutt ballroom during move-in day, I welcomed you as the class with clear 2020 vision. Now go forth with 2020 vision to discover your path. Stay connected and stay Creighton. 
— Diane Glow, Class of 1980

In the words of Chris Lowney, "Create an enduring core, but be prepared to change everything else."
— Rachel Mabrey, Class of 2019

Head up. Heart open. Breathe deep.
— Kyle Lierk, Class of 1999

 

As you leave, don't forget why you came to Creighton. You will always have a home on Creighton's campus, in Creighton hearts.
— Brigid Bidrowski, Class of 1991

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow! Congratulations! We are so proud of you!
— Joseph Vizzini

Congratulations, Creighton class of 2020! The Creighton Alumni family is always here to support you on your next journey. Forever a Bluejay!
— Anna Alexander, Classes of 2015 and 2018

I am proud of the strength and perseverance each of you demonstrated and expect great things from you beyond 2020! 
— Maryann Skrabal

Congratulations! Go enjoy being the professional you always dreamed you’d be and don’t take life too seriously! Forever a Jay! 
— Kalin Johnson, Class of 2012

Congratulations to our newest colleagues in physical therapy! 
— Karen Paschal

Dream big because the world is your oyster!  
— Jackie Lawrence

I wish all graduates congratulations on your final year. It is a hard journey but worth every bit of time. Please keep in touch. You're welcome to stop and visit any time. All the best, graduates. You earned it. 
— Chris Destache, Class of 1984

Congratulations to all of you. I wish you resilience and blessings as you move forward.
— Amanda Wise, Classes of 1998, 2019

You are crossing another threshold. Give pause, give thanks, don't forget to celebrate! We are proud of you! Go Blue!
— Suzanne Holm, Class of 2013

Congratulations! You have survived the past rocky months. It's time for a new beginning. Wish you the best.
— Catherine Opere, Class of 2020

Many blessings to the class of 2020 as you head into your next chapter! Go set the world on fire! 
— Julie Vollmuth, Class of 2002

Please remain hungry and humble for continued knowledge. Keep an open mind to where your career will take you. ALWAYS remember, even during your seemingly toughest day at work, your patients will thank you, one way or another.
— Marco Martino, Class of 2011

I hope you will keep in mind the charism of cura personalis. Take care of yourselves and your neighbors (safely)!
Simone Hussussian, Class of 2017

To the occupational therapy class of 2020 — I am so proud of each and every one of you. It has been my pleasure and honor to instruct you over the past few years. I anticipate a wonderful professional career for you and know that you will represent well Creighton University as you carry the values and Jesuit mission with you.  
— Helene Lohman, faculty, Class of 2001

Congratulations! I know you will all go out and do great things! Best wishes for many successes!
— Christy Jepsen, Class of 2020

Together we are limitless, headed to positive infinity, forever and always. Congratulations, 2020 graduates. You are unique. Stand tall.
— Jeannette Yambing

Congrats, class of 2020! Your eagerness, determination, initiative, self-reflection, humility and faith will go a long way. Best of luck! 
— Katie Perkins, Class of 2013

Your ideas, energy and passion are needed! Keep your head up, eyes open; speak up and be the spark for positive change!
— Amy Lamb, Classes of 1998 and 2000

Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors! What an accomplishment to finish strong despite the craziness. Go Jays!
— Julie Peterson, Class of 2001

The class of 2020 will be known for their resiliency, achievements and commitment to finishing strong. Congratulations and best wishes!
— Kelly Anderson, Class of 1998

 

You were challenged: intellectually, socially, spiritually and physically. You succeeded. Go set the world on fire, Creighton style. 
— Misty Schwartz, Class of 1992

Congratulations! Creighton will always be home for you! Your degree will open doors, but hard work will take you farther!
— Sarah Fellman, Classes of 2010 and 2013

Congratulations, graduates! You have just achieved something to be celebrated! You are sure to makes waves in the vast ocean and do good in the world around you. We are proud of you. Welcome to the alumni family! 
— Sarah Haskell

Blessed to work with each of you, especially those who rotated through the MTM center! Best wishes for your next chapter as pharmacists! 
— Estella Davis, Class of 2020

Remember to take time to reflect on how far you have come. Best of luck in all you do!
— Jenny Tilleman, Class of 2002