Glenn F. BoyceChancellor
Glenn F. Boyce
Dear faculty and staff,
As we close out the 2021-22 academic year, I can’t help but marvel at the extraordinary vibrancy of campus life. Faculty, staff, and students alike overcame the constraints of the pandemic and took on this academic year with gusto as evidenced by the energy and significant achievements. You should take great pride in delivering another successful year in the history of our university!
A simple “thank you” is not sufficient for your incredible efforts that form the backbone of our university’s success. Our standard is nothing less than sustained excellence. We can only meet and exceed that standard because of the talent, dedication, and hard work of our people, coupled with the caring and personal approach ingrained in our university DNA. It is how we fulfill our mission and serve our students. I’m deeply grateful for how you inspire our students to pursue their passions, and for your commitment to paving the paths to their bright futures.
Commencement marks the grandest time of our academic year. Commencement, and all that it symbolizes, is the celebration of why we are here – our students. And what remarkable students we have! I’ve been inspired by reading many of their stories in our annual Journey to Commencement series. A common theme permeating the observations of our graduates is their recognition and gratitude for how faculty and staff support and encourage them to build their legacies. You play a leading role in each of these stories. I hope you’ll take a few moments to read them and soak in the inspiration that they radiate. Our students’ successes are fueled by your investments in them — don’t ever forget that their stories would not be possible without you!
As we wrap up this academic year, I hope you will take a moment to revel in all your successes. And, I encourage you to take time to recharge over the summer. Looking ahead, I know you join me in anticipation of all the ways that we will deliver another great academic year in fall 2022.
Happy Commencement, and Hotty Toddy!
Glenn F. Boyce
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
The pinnacle of our academic year is almost upon us – Commencement! We’re eager to celebrate more than 5,000 graduates and their families on May 4-8. I’m deeply grateful to our faculty and staff who will be on hand and help to make Commencement special. I would like to encourage all of our graduates to take a moment to thank the faculty and staff who helped them reach this major milestone in their lives.
We’re excited to welcome our graduates’ families and friends to our beautiful campus and the best college town in America. Many guests will travel long distances to celebrate their loved ones. To ensure that everyone enjoys the celebration, please read this news article about Commencement so you will be well prepared for where to park, where to eat on campus, and how your loved ones who cannot attend in person can watch closed-captioned livestreams of the ceremonies. The university’s Commencement website offers information on all of this and more.
Most of this year’s ceremonies will be hosted in the Sandy and John Black Pavilion. Parking will be available at and around the SJB Pavilion and the Ford Center. We will operate shuttles to and from these venues, and to Convocation in the Grove. The Commencement website details information on parking, including information about ADA-accessible parking and shuttles.
We’re so proud to welcome alumnus Bradford Cobb (BA 96), a celebrated music industry executive, as our Convocation speaker for Convocation on Saturday, May 7. We look forward to hearing more about his journey from Ole Miss to Los Angeles, managing musicians such as Katy Perry, Tracy Chapman, Steve Perry and the B-52’s.
This year’s graduates are an inspiring class, but don’t just take it from me. You can read about their hard work, character, and potential in the 2022 Journey to Commencement series that profiles more than 20 members of the graduating class.
I know you share my pride in a job well done as we celebrate our graduates and the bright futures before them. We’ll see you at Commencement!
Glenn F. Boyce
It’s hard to believe that the end of the academic year is upon us. Your energy, resilience, and thirst for learning made this an incredibly rewarding, fun year on our campus. You inspired me by the ways in which you engaged in the full Ole Miss experience with zeal, ranging from amazing academics and countless activities offered across our campus to enjoying the richness of Oxford.
I’m continually amazed by the talent and dedication that our students bring to their endeavors on the path to greatness. I commend our entire student body for the vibrancy you infuse across campus.
This year has been special for many reasons. Our freshman class was the biggest in several years. We all got a shot of energy as our campus life came back to normal after the restrictions of the pandemic. Collectively, our student body reenergized our campus to make this school year a memorable one. All of your accolades and successes deserve a big “Hotty Toddy!”
As we take part in various Commencement celebrations this week, let me share a note of congratulations to our 5,000-plus outstanding graduates — we know you are going to take the world by storm and make us proud! Now that you have reached this major milestone, it is a great time to thank the faculty and staff who invested in you to help you get here. Let them know how much you appreciate them.
To our returning students, I hope you take time over the summer to tackle something new, go on a grand adventure, or gain invaluable experiences. We can’t wait to welcome you back next fall as you continue to pursue your passions and fulfill your potential. Know that we are here, ready to support and encourage you in everything you do from classes to campus life and everything in between.
Happy summer and, as always, Hotty Toddy!
Glenn F. Boyce