Juan E. González, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Education
Dear UT Dallas community:I wanted to share a few words of gratitude to our UT Dallas graduate student community, department faculty and staff, and our OGE staff. Thank you to each of you for your patience and grace during these difficult times.
Our students: You have been supportive and flexible to all the changes under extraordinary time constraints and circumstances. I am grateful for your understanding that we are making decisions for the good of our entire graduate student community. It has been a pleasure watching all of you rise to the occasion.
Our faculty and staff: People in every part of the University are working very hard, behind the scenes, to protect the health and safety of our students, while minimizing disruption and preserving our students’ opportunity to complete their term. Your work cannot be overappreciated. During this period of dissertation defenses, department faculty and staff, in conjunction with our OGE staff, have been working diligently to make sure every student can defend, meet the requirements to graduate, and receive their degree. Regretfully, celebrating this achievement during the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony in May will not happen, but we welcome our graduates to participate in our later ceremonies.
We want all in the UT Dallas community to stay healthy, and we want your relatives and friends to stay healthy. As we move forward, we hope to find some new ways to maintain our sense of community and connection, even from home. Our cooperation and collaboration will make all the difference in securing the best possible outcomes in slowing the COVID-19 pandemic and in serving the needs of those impacted.
I have never been more proud of our UT Dallas family. We will look back at this time as one in which we came together to serve our mission as an institution of higher learning.
For the latest updates, visit the University’s COVID-19 webpage.
Juan E. González