1. Spring Commencement 2022

    April 30, 2022

    Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning! Congratulations, graduates! You did it! Just as remarkable as today’s graduates themselves are their families, for the unconditional love and encouragement they have provided through the years. I want to thank these families – the parents and grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings. Your students are beyond impressive. Thank …

  2. University Graduate Exercises – Spring 2022

    April 29, 2022

    Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning! Thank you to the Aero Saxophone Quartet for that lovely performance and to Valerie for her inspiring words. Graduates, I know it has been hard work. The pride, the satisfaction, and, yes, the relief you feel are richly deserved. Take a deep breath and enjoy this moment! You’ve …

  3. 99th Annual Honors Convocation

    March 20, 2022

    Good afternoon! Thank you, Provost Collins, and thank you to the talented students who have performed and spoken this afternoon. There are always many indicators that spring is on its way in Michigan. It may be an upward tick in temperature. Or the sounds of more and more birds singing. Or tiny snowdrops and crocuses …