Big picture: A note from the chancellor
This year has been called historic, unbelievable, wrenching, inspiring, hard – all of them true. We see better days ahead. We plan to hold multiple May Commencement ceremonies in person, with graduates walking across the stage to receive well-deserved recognition. Our Fall 2021 will be much more like Fall 2019, with full residence halls, in-person classes, live performances, and fans at the games. Face coverings and some social distancing may still be a way of life in the near future, but as always we will follow all health protocols to ensure the well-being of our community.
We are appreciative. Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni came together this year in a tremendous way. We cared for one other, helping to ensure we all could not only bear this challenge, but perhaps in some ways thrive. “Service” to each other and our larger community wasn’t just a motto, but a true call to action. We learned some things about ourselves – as individuals and as a University community.
I expect those lessons may be the ones most meaningful for years to come.
— Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., Chancellor