Congratulations to the Northeast Ohio Medical University Commencement Committee for its teamwork in producing an event that has won two awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)!
Writing about NEOMED’s entry in the Special Event Pivot category, judges wrote, “Really unique event! Watching the recording was tear-inducing. The split screen was a really cool way to involve the students and their families, and a great way to pivot during these times.”
Led by Sandra Emerick, Ed.D., senior executive director, Academic Affairs and Student Services, the Commencement Committee included representatives throughout the University who collaborated on a shared goal of making Commencement an exceptional student experience for 2020 graduates, despite a national pandemic.
As a university in District V (the Great Lakes region), NEOMED competed with higher education institutions in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Other winners in the Communications Pivot category were The Ohio State University, Washington University in St. Louis, Central Michigan University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Other winners in the Special Event Pivot category were Midwestern University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Central Michigan University.
CASE is dedicated to educational advancement. Through its awards programs, it recognizes those who share the goal of championing education to transform lives and society.
The nomination criteria for the “Pivot” categories states: Everyone having to work in educational advancement had to pivot in some way during 2020 in order to adapt and respond to the unfolding COVID-19 global pandemic. In recognition of these unique and extreme efforts, CASE has created special “Pivot” categories to recognize the most creative and successful ways that our members adjusted. In many cases, their ingenuity has resulted in new and better ways of operating that will continue long after the crisis.