Published: May 6, 2020

I want to take this opportunity to personally congratulate all of our professional, master’s and doctoral students receiving degrees. The Graduate School is extremely proud of all that you’ve accomplished and are honored to count you among our esteemed graduates. 

Undoubtedly, you’ve worked extremely hard for this outstanding academic achievement. Your perseverance and grit are commendable, especially as you’ve endured and successfully navigated the challenges presented this semester by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s graduating students have achieved amazing things, showcased by the numerous awards, prestigious research grants and fellowships that recognize your outstanding teaching abilities and unique discoveries.

As you transition from being a Grad Buff to becoming a Forever Buff, my hope is that you extend your academic curiosity and further use your newly honed skills for even greater accomplishments—for yourself, your community, the nation and the world.  

On behalf of the university, I want wish you a hearty congratulations on your new degree.

Best wishes,

E. Scott Adler
Dean of the Graduate School
Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs
Professor of Political Science