Spring Semester Comes to a Close


As another semester comes to a close, we were proud to host Jaime Escalante, a nationally renowned high school math teacher, and Julie Gerberding, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as graduation speakers. They were chosen to speak at the undergraduate convocation and the graduate ceremony respectively because they embody the land-grant philosophy and serve as role models for our graduates.

At convocation, we honored a record number of 23 bachelor’s degree recipients with the GPA Board of Trustees Award. All of the recipients earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages. This is a phenomenal accomplishment for our students.

The month of May also is a time of transition for our students, faculty and staff. As the semester draws to a close, I want to take this time to wish everyone the best during the summer months.

To those students who are graduating, I challenge you to be great citizen leaders and write the next chapters and verses that change the course of history for your community and our world. I encourage you to stay connected and come back and visit often.

To the students who are heading off to internships, summer employment, study abroad or some other form of experiential learning, I encourage you to take full advantage of all learning opportunities that your environment provides. Bring back the wisdom that you gain from these activities and enhance the MSU community.

I wish success to the faculty and staff that are heading off campus to perform research or other initiatives. And for the students, faculty and staff that will remain on campus, I encourage you to enjoy the beauty of MSU in the summer months and take full advantage of all of the many campus and community activities. It’s been a great semester; thank you Team-MSU for all of your work and your special accomplishments.


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