Message from Department Head, Prof. Randall Victora
Dear graduating seniors,
The faculty and staff of ECE would like to extend our congratulations to each of you today, the date of your online commencement ceremony. Despite not being able to celebrate in person, it is important to recognize this major milestone that you accomplished, especially after the last two months of adversity. We compliment you on your hard work and perseverance over your entire undergraduate experience, and in the many years leading to your arrival at the University of Minnesota.
As you commence the next stage of your life, I encourage you to continue the path you have started. Almost 20 years ago, Nelson Mandela stated that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world, and I believe it is still true. I urge you to continue your education, either formally or informally, always trying to better understand the world around you. By bringing focus, energy, and your education to the task, you can drive the change you want to see.
Returning to today’s graduation, we are all proud of your achievement. We are arranging a gift that will be mailed to you in the next week or so to complement the online commencement. In addition, the faculty has prepared a short video of congratulations. Even though this is not the commencement most of you expected, it does not diminish the magnitude of your achievement. Again, the entire faculty and staff congratulate you and wish you well in your future career as newly minted electrical and computer engineers.
Professor and Head
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Systemwide Virtual Commencement
On May 16, the University of Minnesota will honor the Class of 2020 with a virtual commencement.