Dear graduating students, earning your PhD degree is a huge accomplishment under normal circumstances, so it is quite extraordinary under the challenging conditions of the past academic year. You have earned not just a degree, but the respect and admiration of your mentors. You should be very proud, as we are of you, for what you have achieved. I wish you strength and the best of luck going forward. With warmest regards to you and your loved ones, and great respect for your accomplishments,
~ Efthimios Kaxiras, Chair and John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics

Learning to direct an independent research program is always challenging, as is doing research that changes the way that we understand our world. Receiving your physics PhD means that you have met both those challenges. Remarkably, those achievements occurred during a pandemic that imposed difficult constraints and created some devastating losses, not to mention making it hard to find toilet paper. Congratulations on what you have achieved and how much you had to overcome to achieve it. You are a class like no other. Please celebrate yourselves!
~ Mara Prentiss, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Director of Graduate Studies

Graduation is a bittersweet time for those of us who manage the physics graduate program. Getting to know you all over the course of your time here has been a tremendous privilege, and it's sad to see you go. It's been an honor to help you celebrate your moments of success, but also to be there for you during times when the going was tough. I'm so proud of all of you, and hope you'll remember that wherever your careers take you, you will always be welcome here.
~ Jacob Barandes, Co-Director of Graduate Studies

I’d like to extend the warmest and most sincere congratulations to each and every graduate! This past year has been an unimaginable challenge, and finishing your PhD amidst a global pandemic is an accomplishment you should be unequivocally proud of! I wish that I had the opportunity to work with more of you over your time here! I look forward to seeing your future successes! Congratulations again, now its time to celebrate!!
~ Hannah Belcher, Undergraduate & Graduate Student Coordinator




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Dear graduates,It has been such a pleasure and privilege to work with you over the years. I am so proud of all of you and all that you have accomplished. I’m impressed and inspired by your strength, resilience, fortitude and determination. You have not only overcome the normal challenges of a PhD program and the usual ups and downs of life; you’ve also risen above and succeeded brilliantly through all the obstacles presented by the pandemic. I hope you’re able to slow down and take a moment to breathe, reflect upon, and acknowledge your achievements. I have so much respect for each of you and I wish you all the very best as you begin the next chapter of your careers and lives. Congratulations!!!
Lisa Cacciabaudo, Graduate Program Administrator