Finishing the semester strong
It has been another incredible year here on Rocky Top. From academics to athletics, we have accomplished so much together. I am proud of our Volunteer community for the hard work and dedication each of you have put into making our university great, and I hope you all have a wonderful summer.
It is hard to believe we are already at the end of another academic year.
I love this time of year, when we get to reflect and celebrate all that we have accomplished together.
I’m so proud of each of you—
For the way you support our students, always putting their needs first.
For your commitment to research and discovery.
For the way you support our community and one another.
Your work is making a difference, and I see it every day in our classrooms and laboratories, and across our entire community and state.
Our research is making a bigger impact than ever—leading to new discoveries and technologies, foundational partnerships, and record awards and expenditures.
Our faculty are being recognized for their tremendous work and our students are thriving, with our highest retention and graduation rates ever.
I hope you’ve felt the incredible support from our alumni, donors, and community members, who are all championing our success.
There has never been a better time to be a Volunteer.
Thank you for your commitment to our students and our mission of education, research, and service.
I hope that you will take some time for yourself this summer and that you find some rest and rejuvenation.
We are a university on the rise, and I am excited to see where this momentum takes us.