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Celebrate Family

Dear Family

A graduating senior poses for a portrait with her parents.

Dear Family,

As I graduate, I look back at four years of memories—changes, struggles, successes—all connected by you. They began with your trust when I left home, were nurtured by your overwhelming support, and now end with your unconditional love and praise. I cannot thank you enough and I promise to make you proud, all the time.


Developed in 2009, Dear Family (formerly Dear Mom and Dad) is an annual project which was developed to provide an opportunity and an avenue for graduating seniors to express sentiments to parents and family. These messages are sometimes forgotten or left unsaid. Even for parents who feel they are honored regularly, it's touching to read the public expressions of love for University of Rochester parents!

Each year, graduating seniors are invited to submit a brief entry to Dear Family to honor their parents and family. Seniors can share a message of gratitude, appreciation, humor, etc., as related to their parents’/ family’s support, guidance and encouragement. The message should be 60 words or less and contain appropriate language. Parent and Family Relations compiles a list of submissions to be highlighted in Parents Buzz and the parents' web page.

For more information about Dear Family, please contact Dawn L. Bruner, Director of Parent and Family Relations at (585) 275-5415 or

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