Rush University Set to Celebrate Commencement

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rush University will recognize nearly 850 graduating students at its 44th commencement ceremony Thursday, May 26, at 4 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion (525 S. Racine Ave., Chicago). Watch graduating College of Nursing student Hebie Prill talk about how Rush University helped her change careers and follow her passion for nursing.

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

The commencement address will be delivered by Peter W. Butler, MHSA, president of Rush University Medical Center and chairman of the Department of Health Systems Management in Rush University’s College of Health Sciences. He is a nationally recognized health care executive with more than four decades of experience working in teaching hospitals and health care systems, including an accomplished run at Rush that started in 1982 and encompasses two separate stints.

In February, Rush announced that Butler will retire from his role as president on June 30. He will continue to chair the Department of Health Systems Management.

Under Butler’s leadership, the Department of Health Systems Management master’s program ranking by U.S. News & World Report has risen from No. 29 to No. 5 in the country among almost 100 other programs.

Before rejoining Rush in 2002, Butler served as president and chief executive officer of the Methodist Hospital System, now known as Houston Methodist, and as senior vice president and chief administrative officer of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

During the course of his career, Butler has been a frequent speaker at national forums and has authored or co-authored more than 40 articles on the financing and management of health care organizations in journals ranging from the Journal of Healthcare Management to The New England Journal of Medicine.

“Rush University is an adolescent of sorts,” Butler said. “It may be 45 years old, but it is still at a growing phase — finding its way toward becoming a national leader in creating the workforce for the future. I think graduation represents a visible validation of the achievement of competencies required to contribute to the profession one has chosen.”

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 health sciences, 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.

Rush University is the academic component of Rush University Medical Center, a leading academic medical center. Rush University has expanded from one college and fewer than 100 students to four colleges and an all-time high of 2,515 students in 2015-16. Rush University is known for its practitioner-teacher model, translational research, nurturing academic environment and focus on community and global health.