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End-of-Year Message from Provost Cyril Clarke and Faculty Senate President Joe Merola

May 9, 2024

Dear colleagues,

The end of the academic year and celebration of commencement affords us the opportunity to reflect upon our achievements and appreciate the hard work and commitment of our faculty to guiding students and supporting them in their academic endeavors. The product of this collaborative effort is evident in the graduates who walk across the stage this week to become the next generation of leaders, innovators, and advocates for a better global community.

On behalf of faculty and university leaders across the campus, we would like to thank each of you for all you have contributed and accomplished, and for your continued dedication to our mission, university goals and priorities, and most of all, our students. Throughout the 2023-24 academic year, you have been the driving force behind Virginia Tech’s unwavering commitment to academic and research excellence, active and engaged learning, and student growth and success.

As we look ahead to the future, let us reaffirm as an academic community, our commitment to our land grant mission, strategic prioritiesPrinciples of Community, and university motto, Ut Prosim. It is through this commitment and our partnerships and collective efforts that we continue to provide students with an unparalleled educational experience and the support, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their studies and reach their full potential.

Thank you once again for all you have done on behalf of Virginia Tech during the 2023-24 academic year, and please know how much we value your perspectives and contributions. We hope you have a wonderful summer, enjoy time with family and friends, and pause to reflect on your successes and service to our university.


Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril Clarke
Faculty Senate President Joseph Merola