Our New Academic Year: A message from Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne

Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne speaks at the 2021 Convocation Ceremony.

Dear Stanford parents,

After a busy move-in period, fall quarter is now underway. It’s wonderful to have students once again filling our campus, and we were delighted to welcome so many Stanford families during our move-in period, too. As our students begin to settle into the rhythms of the academic year, it really feels like our campus is fully coming back to life.

Throughout this fall quarter and beyond, your student’s health and well-being will be our top priority. With more students back on campus, we’re leveraging everything we’ve learned through 18 months of experience with COVID-19 in order to support our community’s health.

All students will be participating in our robust health and safety protocols, which include regular surveillance testing, face coverings, and more. As the situation evolves throughout the quarter, we’ll be in regular touch with your student to communicate any changes to these policies. The latest information on our health policies can also always be found on our health alerts site.

In addition to our regular communications with your student, we also intend to use this newsletter as a way to communicate with you more frequently over the coming year. We’ll keep you up-to-date not only about health and safety, but with other news you need to know as a parent, including policies and processes that affect your student, exciting events taking place on campus, and how you can get more involved with our university. We hope you find it helpful, and we welcome your feedback.

I also want to thank you for everything you have done to support your student over this past, difficult year. You’ve made personal sacrifices, helped manage disappointments, and adjusted course as needed to navigate the uncertainties of this time. All of us at Stanford are deeply grateful to our parent community for everything you do—for your own student, and for our entire university.


Marc Tessier-Lavigne