Dear Campus Community,

As we begin winding down our semester leading to a strong finish, we join together in celebrating all of our graduates who take the stage this weekend to receive their degrees for undergraduate and advanced degree work. What an incredible journey to get to this moment. Our graduates deserve our praise and applause for leading the way. We are proud of their accomplishments, the example they leave, and the bar they have set.

Graduates, we know you are ready for the next journey, and your Ship family of friends, faculty, staff and alumni are rooting you on. I want to personally thank the class of undergraduates who came to Ship with me in the Fall of 2017 as the class of 2021. Thank you for your kindness and support and even for the times you challenged me. We learned and grew together through the journey.

Congratulations to you and your families, graduates of 2021. You made it!

Laurie A. Carter