University of Vermont

A Note from University President Tom Sullivan

May 2013

Tom Sullivan, UVM President
Tom Sullivan, President, University fo Vermont Photo by: Sally McCay

This month we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. I want to express my gratitude to the members of our University staff, who contribute in so many ways to their successes. Although faculty play a central role in educating and mentoring our students, their efforts are made possible by the staff.  Staff members – often behind the scenes –complete the essential tasks that advance the educational mission of the University.

Our commencement ceremony represents the dedication and hard work of staff members across campus who clean classrooms, provide transportation, organize schedules, enter data, prepare food, fix computers, make copies, sort mail, and answer phones.  You are often the people that students turn to for support, advice, and counsel.  Commencement is the culmination of the work that each staff member executes individually, and it is the event that reveals how truly collaborative your diverse endeavors are. 

As our students step on stage to receive their diplomas at the 211th Commencement Ceremony surrounded by family and friends, I hope you will all take pride in sharing their achievements.  The degrees conferred across the disciplines reflect the combined efforts, training, education, and leadership of all of the members of the community including our staff.  Commencement is truly an event celebrating the collective efforts and accomplishments of all members of our University community.