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Reflecting on how far we’ve come

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

Think about where we were this time last year. Still in the thick of the pandemic with a vaccine not yet within reach, our mindset last December was to push through each day to keep our community and campus safe.

Of course, things are not entirely back to normal, and this pandemic is not over. But this semester on our campus, classrooms were full, case counts were low, and vaccination rates were high. I am thrilled with how far we have come. If last year was about discovering what we’re made of, this year has been about putting that newfound resilience and creativity to work moving the University of Tennessee forward.


Let me remind you of just some of the things we have accomplished this year:

These are just a few of the successes we’ve had this semester. They serve as a reminder of the great work we can do together when we persevere through challenges, rely on one another, and step forward with leadership.

Good luck to everyone as you finish the semester strong, and I hope you have a joyful holiday season.

Donde Plowman