I am delighted to welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus for fall semester. Our Welcome Week events are in full swing, including the First Year Student Convocation held Tuesday and the ribbon-cutting for our new intramural fields yesterday, and there is great energy and anticipation as we embark on an exciting new academic year.

As we finish up finals week here on campus, I want to congratulate in advance the more than 2,130 students who are graduating from UAB this spring semester.

Campus is in bloom and abuzz with activity in this first full week of spring. At this time of year we especially enjoy the dramatic transformation of our campus, per our Campus Master Plan, into one of the most vibrant, welcoming and sustainable campuses in the nation.

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