Launching the new term for graduate and professional students at Penn was a reception on September 9 in the Annenberg Center Lobby, under the auspices of GAPSA., the Graduate and Professional Students Assembly. Before introducing the President to welcome the newcomers, Interim Provost Michael Wachter had this brief message for them.

Finest of Faculties, Finest of Peers

It's a pleasure to join you today as you begin your graduate and professional studies at Penn. I want to encourage each of you to make the most of your time with us.

Increasingly, students are known not only by their undergraduate school but also where they got their graduate degree.

Penn is one of the premier universities in graduate and professional education. You will be working with one of the finest faculties in the world in developing your intellectual and professional skills. And you will also have the benefit of collaborating with one of the finest groups of peers you're going to find anywhere in the world.

I know that you will immerse yourselves in your studies and I am confident that you will contribute to the body of knowledge in your chosen fields and make important contributions within your professions.

These are great days for you and you've worked hard to get here. Now I urge you to work even harder to become the great professionals, researchers or teachers that you hope to become.

--Michael Wachter, Interim Provost

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 3, September 15, 1998