Dear Marietta College Students,

It is hard to believe, but we are coming to the end of another academic year and the spring semester is quickly drawing to a close. Many of you have already begun to prepare for internships, jobs and reuniting with your families for the summer.

I know these last few weeks can be an extremely stressful time in your life. Final exams are challenging — and they are meant to be. I was in your shoes at one time, albeit many years ago, and I understand. I have also challenged students with difficult, but fair final exams when I was a professor.

Let me be one of the first to wish you good luck with your final exams. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, eat well, and study hard. I also want to remind you that Marietta College has several support systems in place that are here for you. This includes the Academic Resource Center’s tutoring services (open until Thursday, April 25th), Legacy Library, and medical and counseling services at the Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health & Wellness.

And, as I said above, it is also important to find some time to relax, so make time to get some exercise at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center and to get a healthy meal at one of our dining locations. Or, just find a study space that works for you and give us your best effort. I want you to know that Marietta College is here for you, and we are especially proud of how hard you work during these final weeks.

Judy and I look forward to seeing you before finals, either during Sunday’s Late Night Breakfast from 9:00-11:00 p.m., April 28th, or in Legacy Library starting 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 1st, when we are handing out warm cookies and cold milk to students who are studying.

For our graduating seniors: Congratulations and best of luck with your future plans. While you are leaving Marietta College with a top-notch education and lifelong memories, please remember to keep in touch. Come back for Homecoming. Let us know about future milestones you accomplish. You are part of The Long Blue Line and that connection is for life.

For the rest of our students: it has been our pleasure to watch you grow and mature during this past academic year. Your education does not stop during the summer, so go out there and show your internship supervisor, your community and your family what it means to be a Pioneer. We hope to see all of you back for the Fall Semester, which begins on Thursday, August 22nd.

Enjoy your summer and Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management