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Service of Gratitude is Dec. 3, 2021

The Service of Gratitude is an annual event held at the University of Illinois College of Medicine to honor, with sincere gratitude, the selfless legacy of the women and men who have donated their remains for the advancement of medical education and research. Donors are honored through speeches, poetry, and music performed by medical students from all three campuses of the College of Medicine.

Student Master of Ceremony
Alexandra Vick, College of Medicine Chicago

Student Musical Interlude
“The Swan”
Matthew Grammer, College of Medicine Peoria
Nicholas Xie, College of Medicine Peoria

Welcome Remarks
Tracy Soltesz, PhD
Visiting Clinical Professor, College of Medicine Peoria

Moment of Silence

Student Musical Solo
Matthew Grande, College of Medicine Chicago
“To Be Loved,” Adele

Student Presentation
Charissa Carroll, College of Medicine Peoria

Student Musical Solo
Chris Torlone, College of Medicine Chicago
“Hallelujah,” Leonard Cohen

Student Poem
Amanda Reinhart, College of Medicine Rockford

Student Musical Ensemble
Theme from Water Music
College of Medicine Chicago Students:
Isabel Scharf, Ramses Padilla, Anna Staudacher,
Kristal Scott, Alondra Diaz, Omar Lopez,
Monika Stoskute, Amy Lian,
Yashodha Narayanan, Youjia Wang

Student Presentation
Sydni White, College of Medicine Rockford

Narrative Poem
Kevin Cao, Chicago of Medicine Chicago
Sara Cooper, College of Medicine Chicago
“Vessel of Learning and Life’”

A Message from the Executive Dean
Mark I. Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, MBA, MHA

To view the recording of the ceremony, go to