WHEREAS, Michigan universities remain committed to serving society and the state of Michigan as they provide the tools students need to become our nation’s future leaders; and,
WHEREAS, education is vital to the growth and success of students, and our universities recognize the strength and contributions of a diverse student body, and encourage learners of all backgrounds to pursue graduate education; and,
WHEREAS, student-faculty research partnerships integrate research and graduate education, and graduate educators in master’s and doctoral programs across the state are providing the knowledge and analytical skills that will ensure Michigan workers are among the most productive in the world; and,
WHEREAS, from research for new medical treatments to alternative energy, Michigan’s graduate students contribute much to our state and nation, and during this week, we encourage Michiganders to recognize the importance and value of graduate education; and,
WHEREAS, during the week of April 2, 2017 universities in the state of Michigan will celebrate the contributions of graduate and professional students;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2-8, 2017 as Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week in Michigan.