A great time of year at MSU

12-21-2005

This is really a great time of year in a university community—particularly one as international as Michigan State.

Here on campus and in the larger community of which we’re a part, we’re fortunate to have a microcosm of the many traditions and celebrations from around the world that are such an important part of this season.

Whether we celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Diwali, Winter Solstice, something else or nothing at all, we have an opportunity to reach out to one another and to learn about the different backgrounds and beliefs that make us who we are, to embrace the richness of the diversity that’s such an essential part of our university community.

At this time of year, we pause to reflect on the values that have shaped our lives and our communities, to recognize and focus on those things we have in common with one another—the things that bring us together, not on those that may push us apart.

It’s a time we share with our families and our friends, one that I’m privileged to share with all of you. I wish you all the best during this special time of year.

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