December 14, 2020 - A message from Chancellor Sobolik to UMSL students

Dear UMSL Students,

As we approach the end of the fall semester and close out a year unlike any we’ve experienced before, I want to again express my sincere gratitude for your collective efforts to ensure that UMSL has maintained a productive and safe learning environment. Thank you for wearing your masks, for social distancing and for the many large and small changes it takes to slow the spread of the virus both within our campus community and across the broader region.

If there’s one paramount lesson that 2020 has taught us, it’s that UMSL Tritons are resilient. Whether balancing your educational pursuits with work commitments, family or parenting needs, or the financial hardships and uncertainties experienced during the pandemic – you’ve all demonstrated resilience and determination.

I’ve seen it clearly throughout the year. You have been tenacious, goal-oriented and focused on earning your degree. In fact, this weekend we will celebrate our more than 2,700 graduates who have earned their UMSL degrees in 2020. What a remarkable accomplishment. It solidifies that, as UMSL Tritons, we are driven and will continue to thrive.

To our Class of 2020, congratulations! Please know that we look forward to celebrating this milestone with you on Saturday and seeing where your UMSL degree will take you in your lives and careers.

To our continuing students, I encourage you to do just that – continue. The value of a college degree is immeasurable and your degree will serve as a foundation to transform your future endeavors. We will be here for you; ready to welcome you in the spring semester with all of our educational and academic supports in place to help you earn your UMSL degree.

As was the case this fall, our student services will continue to be available uninterrupted in the spring – including residence halls and residential dining, health services, university libraries, student academic support services, career services and more. We will also continue to follow CDC guidelines and St. Louis County and state health orders to ensure that our campus community remains safe.

As we enter into the holiday season and a new year, my wish for each of you is to stay safe, stay connected and remember that apart does not equal alone. We are UMSL Tritons – and we are #TritonsTogether.


Kristin Sobolik
University of Missouri–St. Louis