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Message from the Department Chair

Greetings Microbiology and Genomics Graduates! DiRita, V

Congratulations on your remarkable achievement.  With my colleagues throughout the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, I wish you a bright, exciting future.    

You are Spartans, having persevered through long hours in classrooms and laboratories.  You have been part of historic and unprecedented times at this great university. You embody the spirit of #SpartansWill and that Spartan spirit will continue to guide your path. 

You know that microbes have shaped our world in important ways, and rarely with greater impact than the class of 2020 has experienced firsthand.  Others will look to you for answers, which you are prepared to provide from the knowledge you have worked so hard to acquire.  And you will continue to build on that knowledge after leaving MSU.  You may even do more scholarship to create new knowledge for others to draw from.  Whether you are moving into the workforce or moving on to an advanced degree, your microbiology and molecular genetics education is a solid foundation to build upon.  You are ready to learn, ready to solve problems, ready to be leaders. 

The prologue is over, the page turns, your story begins.  You are the author, so make it unique, make it valuable, make it memorable.   

Onward Spartans, Onward MMG Class of 2020! 

Victor DiRita 
Rudolph Hugh Endowed Chair in Microbial Pathogenesis 
Chair, Dept. of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Michigan State University