Message from the President – March 2017
City University of Seattle has helped more than 50,000 alumni globally achieve their goals and complete their academic programs. The success of our students locally and around the world is our primary focus and the reason why we do what we do. But our programs are challenging, and City University students work hard.
To celebrate the accomplishments of CityU’s past and present students, we hosted our first academic achievement and alumni reception on February 28 at our main campus in downtown Seattle. During the event we welcomed 140 students, recent graduates and alumni and had the opportunity to recognize their hard work and academic achievements.
A highlight of the event for me was getting to congratulate 128 students on making the Dean’s List. We know that many of our students balance work, family responsibilities and other commitments in addition to their coursework, so it was a privilege to get to recognize them with this academic honor.
During the event I had the pleasure of talking with several members of the CityU community. Students and alumni wanted to make sure I understood how helpful it was to learn from faculty who are engaged in practice in the community and who know the current issues and can connect them to potential employers. It was a reminder that our “practitioner-scholar” model fosters student success. And that’s why we are here: student success.
I look forward to meeting even more alumni and students at future academic achievement and alumni receptions. We plan to host one event per quarter and will rotate the location between our various campuses. I hope that you’ll consider attending one of these events in the future.
Our alumni are an immensely valuable part of the CityU family, and we look forward to opportunities to connect with and serve them. Feedback from alumni is how we improve as an institution. If you’re a graduate and are interested in staying connected with CityU, I invite you to reach out to us by email and connect with fellow alumni in our online network. Or if you’d like to see an improvement, please send me an email.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us for the first academic achievement and alumni reception. We hope to see you again soon.