Congratulations to all of you, our terrific graduates!
The 2020 academic year has been everything but simple, and this ceremony (though virtual) holds a special and historic place in our hearts, as communities across the nation (and the world) are faced with multiple crises. But you proved to be resilient and adaptable.
Back in March, when the world was coming to terms with the devastating effects of the horrific COVID-19 pandemic, you pulled together and showed your generosity by lending a hand to those who have less than you. You jump-started the COVID-19 project, collected donations and along with AdunaCares, were able to help underpriviledged children. Face coverings and hand sanitizers were delivered, as well as valuable COVID-19 recommendations for younger children.
Right in the middle of this unprecedented crisis, where communities of color were disportionately affected, the brutal images of George Floyd's murder hit our screens. These past few months, you brainstormed, e-mailed, phoned, zoomed, zoomed, and zoomed again to voice your despair and ask for social justice.
Despite the challenges of 2020, you showed no less ardor in your determination to build a just society and make a better world. You are more resilient than ever before, adaptable, positive and full of hope for the future. It's difficult not to feel inspired by your resilient spirit.
Congratulations, class of 2020!
Best wishes for a wonderful summer!