Celebration of Graduates
Congratulations Class of 2020!
Dear Graduating Students,
Thank you for allowing me to be one of the many to salute you for all of your amazing academic and personal accomplishments! In the midst of global change, of transitions to online courses, and of canceled celebrations and traditions, we acknowledge your resilience, your strength, and your ability to succeed in a world of uncertainty.
Graduates, you’re completing your degree after devoting many hours to a goal that I’m sure at times must have seemed beyond the distant horizon. As the next generation of leaders and innovators, we look forward to seeing how you will contribute your gifts and talents to the world around us, one that so desperately needs them.
Thank you for the privilege of being part of your journey. Now more than ever, you embody the mantra—Shepherd Students Succeed!
We look forward to seeing you in October for the in-person commencement exercises. Don’t forget to RSVP!
Dr. Scott Beard, Provost and Co-Chair, Commencement Committee