The Graduate College

Andrew Bean, PhDA Message From the Dean
Graduate College Updates 

March 30, 2020


Dear Graduate College Students,


I am writing with an update on several areas related to the Graduate College and Rush University. I am sensitive to the fact that you are likely receiving many emails per day and will limit the size and number of these updates while continuing to communicate relevant information.

Graduate College open Zoom meetings with GC staff.

The Graduate College had the first in a series of drop-in Zoom meetings with students last week. The next meeting will be this Friday April 3 (2:45-4:45) using the following link:

Meeting ID: 952 245 0588. Feel free to connect to the meeting and the GC Team will be there to answer your questions and/or provide information.

Volunteer Opportunities.

As you can imagine, I have heard from a number of students interested in volunteering as have the Deans of the other colleges. What Rush has done is to try to organize students interested in volunteering by creating a list of interested students and sending that list to people organizing the volunteer activities. There are two general types of volunteering: hospital efforts and community efforts.

  • Community engagement. Sharon Gates has become involved in this effort to bring clarity and coordination. She is involved in organizing these activities and is building a webpage for pre-vetted community agency opportunities.
  • Surge volunteers. Dr. Abeyta sent a request for information that some students submitted. This information was sent to the hospital incident command and they have created a master list. Processes have been put in place for student contact in case that is necessary and I, and the other Deans, sent in mechanisms for student contact through the colleges. Rush legal created a waiver that emphasizes the nature of the activities and outlines the surge plan.
Career Development Coffee Chats.

Dr. Safayi has invited Graduate College students to a series of career development “chats” that will occur on Thursdays throughout April from 3:00-5:00pm. These are “drop-in” Zoom activities. Please check your email for a message from Dr. Safayi.

Students graduating this year.

As you know, this year’s Graduate College Hooding Ceremony and Rush University Commencement will both be hosted virtually.


Graduate College Hooding Ceremony. If you have not done so already, the Graduate College requests that you complete the following form: 2020 Hooding Ceremony by April 5. Although this will be a virtual ceremony, your faculty mentors will also be invited to participate in the ceremony. We will continue to keep you updated as we finalize the plans for the celebration. We look forward to commemorating your achievements together on April 28, 2020.


Rush University Commencement. A personalized microsite will be built for each graduate. To obtain information for the microsite, graduating students must complete this form: Rush University Virtual Commencement Graduate Info by Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.


I hope you and your family are safe and well.


Best regards,


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