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Our Week of "Lasts and Firsts"

Each year at this time, we reach the week of "lasts." The last paper. The last test. The last class. Clubs are winding down; apartments are cleared; textbooks go for resale. And for our seniors, these are their last days on campus in this phase of their education at Northwood University. The final days of the school year can be bittersweet for our seniors as they look back on their years at Northwood University and forward toward a future of new beginnings.

We celebrate the endings and beginnings with many events - lunches, receptions, our student leadership awards and our athletic recognitions, to name a few. Students from all degree programs - our traditional undergraduates, master’s degree candidates from the DeVos Graduate School and our Adult Degree Program participants - are intersecting in new and exciting ways. And in so doing, they are creating lasting bonds that will travel far beyond the halls of Northwood University into their personal and professional lives.

It is during this week that students often realize their education was not simply about book learning. They reflect on the people who have come into their lives to make an impact. They consider the many friends, faculty members, coaches and mentors who have guided their steps. They reconnect with business professionals who can offer advice and maybe even a job. And we hope they begin to consider their lifelong status as distinguished Northwood University alumni.

As our students progress through this week of "lasts," we wish them good studying, good celebrations and great confidence that their work and sacrifice will lead to successful firsts.

Have a good weekend.

Keith

Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203

pretty@northwood.edu

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