A year ago, locked down and working from a home basement office, I wrote a congratulatory
message to students and colleagues in the Department of History. While so much has
changed, I am still writing from a socially distant basement location. Despite a year
of tremendous change, one sentiment remains: to those of you completing your degree
this season, my heartfelt congratulations!
A BA, MA, MS, or Ph.D. in History is both hard-earned and a valuable degree to take
with you into the future. Whether you are headed for graduate school, entering the
workforce, working at home, or charting your own path, the discipline of History offers
you deep knowledge of our shared and diverse pasts as well as a set of skills that
will serve you far into the future.
Members of the faculty also have much to celebrate! Despite not being able to travel,
we continue to earn internal and external awards that support our scholarship and
recognize our contributions to the university; publish monographs, articles, and reports;
engage with our communities both near and far, and participate in award-winning (online!)
teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Thank you all for your commitment
to research, teaching, and service.
To students, faculty and staff, thank you for an amazing - and truly historic - year
in the (virtual) Department of History!
My very best to you (masked and from six feet away),