Dear graduate and professional students,
Happy New Year and greetings as we embark upon the spring 2021 semester! As we get busy with the work of a new semester, I want to share my profound gratitude for all that you did last semester to persevere through an incredibly challenging time. I want to especially thank our graduate instructors and graduate assistants who are to be applauded for keeping on track with their own studies while staying in service to our students. Our graduate and professional students embody the meaning of “resilient.”
As we press ahead even as we continue to face many obstacles related to the pandemic, I want to convey words of encouragement for the semester ahead. The education and experiences you are gaining here will shape the opportunities and paths you encounter throughout your life. This is because we expect our graduates to be driven by the quest for ingenuity, creativity and the pursuit of big ideas. Especially in light of the unexpected economic challenges caused by COVID-19, the value of your graduate or professional degree is even greater.
Please let us know how we can support you throughout this semester and for the duration of your studies here — the Office of the Chancellor is here as a resource for you. Graduate and professional students are a vital part of our campus community, and it is important that you receive the support you need to thrive. We are committed to ensuring that our graduate and professional students achieve their greatest potential as tomorrow’s top researchers and practitioners.
Best wishes for a successful semester!
Glenn F. Boyce