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Dear Members of the graduating
Class of 2020,
These are extraordinary
times — and each of
you are extraordinary in your
own way. Congratulations on
reaching this landmark time
in your life!
This certainly isn’t what
you expected when you started
the year back in September,
and had visions of striding onto
the stage in your cap and gown
to pick up the diploma or degree
you’ve worked so hard to
You are living through incredible
times, and they happen
to converge on a milestone
in your life.
Let us challenge you a bit to
put these times aside. Live in
the moment, live in the present;
never forget that it is a present.
You can do nothing about the
past, and nobody can read the
future. Enjoy the present with
your family, your friends and
your loved ones.
Those of you who just received
your college degree are
about to head out into the “real
world,” and even with the difficulties
that currently exist, you
can make an immediate impact
to help improve our city, state
Your attention, like other
graduates, is about finding that
coveted first job. As you search,
stay focused, positive and, most
importantly, persistent. With
persistence, you will find a
place, whether it be graduate
school or other opportunities
in the workplace.
If a job is not available, jump
in and consider being a volunteer.
Take an internship! Nothing
is better than experiencing
the world, even in unpaid positions,
until you find a paid position.
Your creativity, your skill
set and your desire will make
the difference when hiring begins.
It’s always beneficial to learn
lessons in life at an early age so
that you are prepared for them
as you get older. If anything can
be learned from this pandemic,
it is that life is precious. You
can’t take any day for granted.
You will face adversity in many
ways throughout life.
There are lessons to be
learned during this pandemic.
Remember that when we work
together, our impact upon society
will be even greater than
working on our own.
Wearing a mask now makes
a difference in your life, and every
other life around you.
For those of you heading to
college next year, get ready for a
unique time in your life. Enjoy
As you tackle the core classes,
term papers and other academic
challenges that college
poses, follow your heart. Find
your passion. Nothing is better
in life than doing what you
love. If it’s something you’re
emotionally and intellectually
invested in, pursue it.
As for middle school students
heading into high school,
the next four years will be
filled with new friends, harder
courses and test after test after
test. Welcome to the next level
of your academic career; take
one day at a time.
Study hard and work hard.
The path to success is very simple:
Work hard. Throw yourself
into school activities.
High school is full of all sorts
of afterschool activities beyond
sports. Take part in them. Begin
finding your passion, join a
club (or two), make new friends
and learn more about the world
Remember always the people
who have loved you and who
have cared about you to bring
you to this point in your life.
A thank you to the wonderful
families who have helped their
We’re sure you’re bursting
Be hopeful for their future.
They will make you proud!
Thank you, teachers and
professors, for helping not just
to mold your students’ young
minds, but also to inspire them
to be the best that they can be.
As an educator, it’s not merely
about passing on facts or assignments;
it’s about instilling
enlightenment, passion and
dedication to your students. You
have helped them to change the
world for the better.
We congratulate you, graduates,
on your outstanding
achievements. Great challenges
lie ahead. Pursue them, be
challenged by them and live the
life you dreamed.
Go, and do great things!