Welcome from the President

It is my great pleasure to congratulate the members of Western Michigan University’s Class of 2020. Earning their degree represents one of the major milestones in the lives of our graduates and highlights their transition from being college students to WMU alumni.

I join with the many family and friends who celebrate this immense accomplishment and take no small sense of pride in how far their loved ones have come. Though they are beginning their new journeys at a time of great challenge, they can look forward to a vast array of opportunities spread out before them as they begin the next chapter in their lives.

Throughout their time with us as Broncos, our students have proven they possess the grit and determination to achieve success and reach their goals. The adversity we are experiencing today will, no doubt, help us all develop a deeper sense of compassion for others, reinforce our stores of resilience, and bolster our resolve to push forward and build fuller careers and better lives. Our graduates were already developing as leaders and we sorely need them to live up to their years of training and potential now, as never before. Our world will call upon the leadership and potential of this generation of Broncos to make their mark and help lead us forward. And, when we get to the other side of this current crisis together, we will look forward to the opportunity to be with you in person to celebrate your accomplishments.

president montgomery shakes the hand of a graduate on stage

I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of our graduates. We know they did not get to this moment on their own, so I also want to thank the parents, spouses and partners, children, extended family members, friends, faculty, staff members and community partners who have played a significant role in supporting them through their pathways. Each one of the graduates has benefitted from a support network that has provided guidance, tough love, laughter and encouragement throughout the journey that is culminating with a diploma, greater understanding and a wealth of valuable experiences.

We are not focused on endings, but on new beginnings. Graduates, as you move forward with your future plans in starting your career, continuing your studies, or building a successful life, you will take with you the expertise, passion and grit acquired through your experiences at WMU. Thank you for including us in your journey, and never forget that as you take the knowledge and inspiration that you built here out into the world, you will always be part of the Bronco community.

Congratulations and warm regards,

Edward Montgomery
Western Michigan University