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Service of Gratitude is November 18, 2022

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 in Chicago, Peoria and Rockford.

The 2022 Service of Gratitude will be

Friday, November 18, 2022

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. CST

The ceremonies were held in-person on each campus at the same time and shown via Zoom webinar so second-year students at all three campuses can participate at the same time and family members of donors may watch via Zoom.



Maddi Butler
M2 Student

Faculty Remarks
Aftab Merchant, MBBS, FCPS
Clinical Professor

Moment of Silence

Dean’s Remarks
Mark I. Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, MBA, MHA
Executive Dean

Rockford Campus

Student Remarks
Maddi Butler

Flower Procession and Group Excerpts
Vincent Parise, Diana Sanchez, Danielle Rossell,
Lucas Jurasek and Nabil Khan

Musical Performance: Hallelujah
Vocalist: Angelica Mangahas
Pianist: Yasir Hasnain
Violinist: Abigail Cuevas

Chicago Campus

Student Emcees
Mounika Bhaskara and Bichoy Labib

Musical Performance: Amazing Grace
Vocalist: Vickie Johnson
Guitarist: Georgie Nahass
Pianist: Darius Thompson

Student Remarks
Ashwini Deshpande

Student Remarks
Alana Carr

Poem Recitation
Sonnet 30: When to the sessions
of sweet silent thought
Camille Blackman

Musical Performance: Hallelujah
Guitarist: Georgie Nahass
Trumpeter: Ramses Padilla

Peoria Campus

Musical Performance: Over the Rainbow
Vocalists: Erin Fund, Ishita Battacharya, Connor Flynn and Olivia Lee

Closing Remarks
Anthony Pendleton


A recording of the event will be posted on this page a few days after the event.

For more information, email or call 815-395-5601.