As with the close of every semester, we celebrate our Shocker graduates. But this semester, it’s more than that.
Though all graduates deserve recognition for earning a degree, our 2021 grads accomplished their academic goals under the cloud and uncertainty of a global pandemic.
Your grace, flexibility, and perseverance, during what was undoubtedly a hectic year, are applauded by all of Shocker Nation. We could not be prouder nor more in awe of their success. Congratulations.
There’s another reason why this particular graduating class is special to me: This is my first graduating class since being named president of Wichita State University earlier this month. Just like I’ve watched our grads grow from students to career-ready professionals for the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to witness the innovation explosion of Wichita State over the past 25 years.