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Thanksgiving Message

Dear Carolina Family,

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away—the semester has simply flown by. A few short months ago we welcomed our freshmen with a poignant message of purpose, service and leadership from Marian Wright Edelman. More recently, we joined together to support each other and many families across South Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. And, throughout it all, we vigorously and passionately participated in the democratic process, exercising our free speech and our right to vote.

Next week, many of us will take to the road or the skies to join family and friends for a few days of restoration and replenishment. These days are also perfectly suited for thoughtful reflection after such a busy, sometimes stressful, semester. I plan to spend some of this cherished time reflecting on what binds America together, both in times of peace and times of conflict, as well as those values that make our Carolina family a close-knit and diverse global community of scholars.

Patricia and I give thanks for each of you and the unique contributions you make to our community. Our wish for you is a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving where you find a welcoming table, warm embraces and rich conversation with family and friends.


Our university resolutely respects the dignity and contributions of all persons and protects their rights and their physical safety. We can disagree, debate vigorously and pursue challenging conversations with civility—rejecting hate or threatening rhetoric. And we continue to support and celebrate our wonderful diversity. This is who we are and who we will continue to be. As always, these commitments are embodied in our Carolinian Creed. The trust in each other that we have developed over time is what guarantees us that we will remain a vibrant and embracing university community.

Patricia and I give thanks for each of you and the unique contributions you make to our community. Our wish for you is a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving where you find a welcoming table, warm embraces and rich conversation with family and friends.

To the students, my hope is that you return to us replenished and energized, ready to study and tackle finals. Let's make a pact to have a strong finish.

Enjoy your break; we'll be here to welcome you home.

Harris Pastides