May 4, 2021: You helped make this year a success

Dear Faculty and Staff, 

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.

I want to express my gratitude to our deans, colleges and all the faculty and staff for making great efforts to safely deliver so many in-person graduation ceremonies this season. It is a remarkable achievement, and I know our Spartan graduates and their families will remember these special moments forever. 

I think we captured the spirit of the season in this commemorative video celebrating this year’s graduates. 

So, thank you all, for supporting our students and graduates throughout this difficult pandemic year. Whether you’ve been working on campus or remotely, your excellence and commitment continue to make all the difference in the success of our students. Together, we have kept our campus a safe place to continue our momentum in instruction and learning, research and outreach.

In great measure, due to your dedication, we have good reason to look forward to returning to a more typical semester this fall.

In the meantime, if you haven’t yet, I encourage you to get vaccinated as we continue planning for the fall semester. Vaccinations will be the greatest factor in how our fall semester will unfold while protecting you, your family and your community. 


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