Congratulations Class of 2020!
Commencement is a moment to recognize one’s achievements. This is the time for you to celebrate your journey — the friends you have made, the teachers you have engaged, the knowledge you have gained, and the experience you have earned on the way to your degree. This is a time to reflect on what you have mastered — the ways of questioning, thinking, and innovating as well as the ways that you will apply them. Graduation is an occasion to celebrate your transformation, considering your dreams upon arriving and now leaving.
This is also an extraordinary time to graduate. On the other side of this pandemic lies a whole new world. You graduate into an uncharted landscape to be explored, into an environment that will become increasingly precious, and into a place where our communities will become ever more critical to our lives. We will live, work, and play in ways that need to be reimagined. You came to CED to prepare for this. You graduate as the agent for change in this environment. As you go forward as the newest members of the CED alumni, remember to act broadly, to work with passion, to lead with integrity, and to share your knowledge as inspiration for future CED classes.
Yours will be a long-remembered graduating class. From power closures to remote learning and finally to a postponed commencement, the many tales of your resilience will undoubtedly be re-told. But, it is what you do next that is of interest to me. I want to hear about it when you return to join any future CED commencement, next year or thereafter. Your 2020 ceremony is only a postponed celebration.
This yearbook will stay live over the summer as a way to commemorate the moment. Please celebrate your many achievements with your family, friends, and our community.
With many good wishes,