Before the final days before Commencement tick away, I want to take a moment to thank all our staff and faculty members who are working diligently to ensure that everything goes perfectly. For our graduates and their families, Saturday will be the most important day of the year, a day filled with pride and celebration, marking the culmination of years of study, hard work and careful preparation.
I know that many of you are working long hours and volunteering to help with chores beyond the usual scope of your jobs, and I am grateful for your efforts. Your talent and dedication make a real difference, and even small acts of service can be critical to making this a truly special time for our students and guests.
Looking ahead, I hope you’ll take time in the coming weeks to relax and recharge. Enjoy the activities of Staff Appreciation Week. Spend time with family. Maybe take a vacation or simply enjoy a favorite activity. But most of all, be safe and come back ready for bigger and better things as the university prepares for the fall.