May 14, 2014
Congratulations, class of 2014!
This weekend, 1,055 of you will walk across the stage inside the Gale Bullman Building and enter the next phase of your lives: as graduates of Missouri University of Science and Technology. Congratulations to each of you on this remarkable accomplishment! You have worked hard, spent long hours studying and conducting research, passed numerous tests, written countless papers and reports, engaged in new experiences, and stretched yourselves farther than you had ever imagined to reach this point in your lives. Throughout your studies here, you've also forged friendships that will last a lifetime.
You now join a global community of 55,000-plus Missouri S&T graduates, and I hope you will continue to stay in close touch with your alma mater as you begin new careers, new relationships and a new chapter in your lives. Please contact the Miner Alumni Association (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your updated contact information to ensure you receive your award-winning Missouri S&T Magazine. Please also share your personal successes – a new job or promotion, additions to the family or other achievements – with the magazine staff.
While you soon-to-be graduates cross the stage in Rolla, I'll be in the audience in Valparaiso, Indiana, as my son, Andrew, receives his degree from my (and soon his) alma mater, Valparaiso University. It too will be a proud moment for me, and I will be with our Missouri S&T graduates in spirit.
Again, congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment, and welcome to Miner Nation!
Our current provost, Dr. Warren K. (Kent) Wray, will become our vice chancellor for global and strategic partnerships. Kent joined our campus as provost in 2006 and has done a wonderful job positioning Missouri S&T as a global leader in education and research. I look forward to working with Kent in this new capacity.
By the time next month's newsletter arrives, I should be able to announce two more important additions to our leadership team: the vice provost and dean for our College of Arts, Sciences and Business, and the vice provost and dean for our College of Engineering and Computing.
Each of these groups has distinctive strengths on which we can build to make them the nation's best. You'll be hearing more exciting news about them in the coming months.