Farewell and Congratulations to Graduating Seniors

All of us on the English Department faculty are proud to have had you as students. You’ve thrilled us with your critical and creative writing; you’ve challenged and stimulated us in class discussion; you’ve impressed us with your imaginations, your drive, your social engagement, your political activism. In the four years you’ve been here—and especially in a year that has been difficult and divisive both locally and nationally--having you in our classrooms has kept us sane and reminded us why we chose the academic profession.

So, while we congratulate you and wish you well, we also want to thank you for all of this and more. We hope you use the critical thinking skills you’ve honed as English majors, along with the knowledge you’ve developed of diverse cultures and different historical periods, to make the world a better place. 

And keep in touch with us! Whether it’s by sending us news through English Connect, or by writing your favorite English professors, we want to know what you’re doing. We are especially interested in hearing, as you move forward in life, about moments in your lives and careers when you realize how things you learned as English majors are serving you well, and are helping you to serve others well.

Enjoy this weekend…and the rest of your lives!


English Department Chair Glenn Hendler

On behalf of the entire English faculty