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Eberly College of Science

Congratulations Class of 2021

Congratulations, College of Science grads. What a challenging year - but you handled it with grace and perseverance. Wishing you all the best in your endeavors beyond Penn State. Stay in touch!

-Elizabeth McGraw, Department Head, Biology

Congratulations graduating 2021 ECOS students!!

-Stephen Schaeffer, Biology

Congratulations to all graduates! A huge shout out to my BMB484 Genomics students!! Wishing you all a successful, healthy, and happy life ahead!

-Santhosh Girirajan, BMB

Congratulations Class of 2021! Take pride in your accomplishments and enjoy your special day!!

-Denise Woodward, Biology

As you leave PennState and move deeper into the world of science, remain ever inquisitive and skeptical, for these traits will propel you onward and guide you through the darkness (nod to Sagan). Congratulations to all and best wishes for a glorious and rewarding career!!

-Ralph R. Ristenbatt III, Forensic Science/BMB

Congratulations class of 2021! Carry the personal connections, treasured memories, and important values gained at Penn State with you into this exciting new stage of your lives.

-Tracy Langkilde, Verne M. Willaman Dean



Congratulations, everyone! Go show the world what you're made of!!

-Lori Stepan, Chemistry


Congrats on your graduation! Sorry it has to be under such extreme and strange circumstances, but I'm amazed by how you've adapted and persevered in spite of it all!

-John Neisser, Biology


-Eric Ford, Astronomy & Astrophysics

Never give up on finding a career that brings you joy everyday! It took me 11 years to find mine! Take advantage of every opportunity and experience that you can because you never know where it will lead you! Congratulations and best of luck!

-Jenn Keefer, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Congratulations Graduates! Best of luck!

-Jason Brooks, Forensic Science Program

Congratulations Class of 2021! You've persevered and shown your resilience through some very difficult times. We are so proud of you and the efforts you've made to succeed. Stay in touch - we can't wait to see what you will do!

-Melissa Krajcovic, ECoS Advising

Congratulations on your graduation and all your hard work and resilience during these difficult times!

-Rebekah Dawson, Astronomy & Astrophysics

Congratulations and best wishes to all of you.

-James Endres Howell, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Great congratulations ECOS 2021 graduates! I have enjoyed interacting with some of you, and wish all of you the best in future years. Look to the stars!

-W. Niel Brandt, Astronomy & Astrophysics

Dear graduates, It is a great pleasure to congratulate you on your most memorable accomplishment. Your education is the treasure that no one can take away. The friendships you formed and the contacts you made here are yours forever. And I hope that memories of your time at Penn State will warm your heart in the future. With my very best wishes,

-Mark Levi (Math, department head)

Congratulations and Best Wishes to the Class of 2021!

-Phil Bevilacqua, Head, Department of Chemistry

Penn State is Congratulations on hanging in during these very challenging, confusing and historic times, and graduating from one of the best and most beautiful universities on the planet!! Remember “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts"(Calvin Coolidge). You can save this planet!

-John Stuart Patton, College of Science

Dear Class of 2021:

Warmest congratulations on your graduation. This is an extraordinary accomplishment and is a clear demonstrations of your great efforts and persistence when facing adversity of a global pandemic . As a member of the Biology Department and Eberly College of Science, I am truly happy for you and very proud of you. I am also confident that you are well prepared for meeting future challenges as you embark on a life-long journey with great promises.

Hong Ma

Associate Dean

Congratulations to the class of 2021! We're all proud of your accomplishments!

Steven Hair, Mathematics

Graduating is no easy feat and especially considering the circumstances - your work is that much more incredible. I hope that as you all move forward into bright futures, careers, and graduate programs that you remember dear old state and keep us all informed about the wonderful and amazing things that you are all doing. It is our greatest joy to hear about your successes, triumphs, & journies - and never be afraid to reach out for a helping hand or more support. WE ARE...

-John R. Moses

PreHealth Professions and Science Advising Center

Congratulations Graduates! After 20 years on the Penn State faculty, I am consistently impressed with the achievements and accomplishments of our students. You give me great hope for our future because of your passion and dedication. Enjoy your accomplishment! Keep in touch with us.

-Wendy Hanna-Rose, Head, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Congratulations on this wonderful achievement. Cherish the moment. Wishing you joy.

-Ann Marie Daniel, Office of Science Engagement

Dear graduates,

My warmest congratulation on your achievement. The skills and the knowledge you gained at Penn State are the key that will open many doors for you. There are exciting possibilities ahead of you, even if they may be obscured by clouds right now -- these clouds will lift, as they always do, and will reveal a bright future.

-Mark Levi, Head, Department of Mathematics

Congrats to the class of 2020 in this truly unusual time! It pains me that we can't be physically present to celebrate this amazing accomplishment of yours, but know that, given how challenging the world is right now, it is truly an outstanding achievement.

-John Neisser, Biology

Give yourself extra kudos for accomplishing an amazing achievement during a tremendously challenging time! Graduation marks an important shift... and your future is absolutely full of possibilities! Opportunities to make positive strides in the world are take them, have courage, and run with it! You have just proven that you are more than capable of accomplishing big things!!! Congratulations... and Good Luck! Penn State will be with you every step of the way!

-Kristin Dreyer, Center for Nanoscale Science