CELEBRATING THE CLASS OF 2020!
Congratulations to all our graduates!
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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 achieve.
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 diffi culties that currently exist,
you can make an immediate impact to
help improve our city, state and country.
Your attention, like other graduates,
is about fi nding that coveted fi rst
job. As you search, stay focused, positive
and, most importantly, persistent.
With persistence, you will fi nd 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 fi nd a paid position.
Your creativity, your skill set and your
desire will make the difference when
It’s always benefi cial 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
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 each day!
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 fi lled with new friends,
harder courses and test after test after
test. Welcome to the next level of
your academic career; take one day at
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 fi nding 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 children
succeed. 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
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!