May 4, 2021: Best wishes and thank you!

Dear Spartans and Families,

The culmination of Michigan State University’s academic year is underway, with more than 50 in-person graduation ceremonies taking place outdoors, plus virtual events for master’s and doctoral degree earners. I enjoyed representing the university in person at six baccalaureate ceremonies last weekend, while Board of Trustees members and Provost Teresa Woodruff attended others.

Our graduates will become the next generation of leaders, creators and problem-solvers, affirming the commitment of Spartans to making a positive difference in a world that truly needs their knowledge and engagement. I like to remind graduates that an MSU degree, energized with their determination, is a lifelong asset and platform for success.

To our spring 2021 graduates across all our colleges and degree levels, I once again offer my warmest congratulations on your achievements and very best wishes for what comes next. I hope you enjoy this commemorative video that celebrates the MSU experience.

And to students who are continuing to work toward your degree requirements, I think I speak for all of us when I say how excited I am at the prospect of returning to a more typical semester of in-person learning and activities this fall.

In the meantime, if you haven’t yet, please complete your full course of vaccinations as soon as possible. That will be the greatest factor in how our fall semester will unfold while protecting you, your family and your community this summer.

Students and graduates, over this past, challenging year, you have helped keep our campus safe while continuing your studies. I’m grateful for all your efforts and resilience. Well done, Spartans! I look forward to seeing many of you in the fall and to return visits by our newest graduates in the years to come. Go Green!


Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)