To the Emory Community:
On behalf of the Commencement Planning Committee and my colleagues in the Secretary's Office, I want to thank all who helped to make the Commencement activities an especially splendid and joyous occasion this year. From the schools' individual activities to the baccalaureate service and the Quadrangle ceremony itself, each event moved almost flawlessly and, I am sure, left indelible, pleasant memories for the graduates and their families and friends.
The University owes a particular debt of gratitude to those who shouldered the unusual demands placed on them by the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Kudos to the corps of ushers, who exercised great patience and geniality. Hats off to the Office of Parking and Community Services, who went to remarkable lengths to accommodate all. Plaudits to the Emory Police Department, who coordinated their efforts with those of the State Department, DeKalb County and Atlanta Police. Bravissimo to the Communications Office, who handled the media with great, deft skill. Loud hurrahs to those carpentry and grounds crews in FMD, who whipped the campus into shape and made it sparkle. And a standing ovation to the Staging Department, those heavy lifters who simply did the impossible with grace and good cheer.
To the other staff, students and alumni who participated in countless ways, three cheers.
And a million thanks to you all.