As we enter highschool commencement week for a lot of seniors in North Dakota, we, as educators, know all too properly what an uncommon yr this has been for you. To have faculties all through the nation bodily closed for greater than 1 / 4 of the college yr has by no means been performed. An entire transition to “distance studying” in simply days, transferring to experiences solely in a digital surroundings, the cancellation of tournaments and whole seasons of athletics, arts and actions, in addition to the lack of the same old yr finish social actions akin to promenade, banquets, senior journeys, and awards nights is one thing we might by no means think about nor count on to personally expertise.
Whereas there have been different instances in historical past the place a disaster or battle has prompted cancellations or postponements of extremely vital occasions, (i.e. World Wars, civil rights conflicts, the Nice Despair, 9-11) it has by no means been so outstanding nor widespread as what we’ve skilled in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. In actuality, it transcends geographical borders, political ideology, race, creed, age, and socio-economic standing.
You, our seniors, have skilled a big loss. You haven’t been capable of end out the yr as you had hoped and anticipated; making these remaining, lasting reminiscences with buddies, academics, coaches and your college neighborhood. You haven’t been capable of say your goodbyes nor expertise the standard graduation ceremony the place we have a good time your accomplishments and ship you off into the grownup world for brand spanking new adventures in faculty or profession. Whereas some graduations are cancelled fully, others are being held nearly, nonetheless others are being held open air, with restricted attendance and in some instances these in attendance being gloved and masked.
I’m one who believes that classes of life will be realized via each good and troublesome instances. You’re a era who, whereas the losses could have been impactful and even considerably painful, have realized perseverance, creativity, grit, and methods to achieve success despite all of it.
You reconnected with household in ways in which had been lengthy forgotten. Household sit down meals grew to become commonplace and also you reconnected with values of spending time collectively, laughing, enjoying video games, and slowing down to understand among the less complicated issues in life. For that you would be able to be grateful.
A few of you’ve got develop into know-how consultants in making use of and demonstrating your data in new and thrilling methods. You tutored one another, linked with one another and socially interacted in a fashion that supplied important assist for one another. You have been respectful and considerate. You continued to precise love and appreciation of these near you in a unique method. And although you remained socially distanced, on the finish of the day, you continue to discovered a option to join with others in thoughts and spirit.
You skilled first-hand native, nationwide and world management on stage. A lot of it was wonderful, as individuals and insurance policies reacted in a fashion that have been commendable and saved lives. Different management was poor as we decided reality from fiction…besides taught us essential classes of what to not do.
You’ll notice that life is stuffed with ups and downs. Simply as a fireplace shapes iron, you too can be sharpened by all of this. It’s important the way you reply to the experiences you’ve got. These are the moments that form you and mould you into the individuals you might be to develop into; to refine you for better issues.
Did you expertise loss throughout this time? Sure, for sure! Nonetheless, I problem you to additionally look carefully at what essential classes you could have additionally gained. You’ve realized that working collectively we will overcome most something. You’ve realized that your academics and faculty employees love you and look after you deeply. You’ve realized that at instances private sacrifice is critical for the better good. You’ve realized that each science and religion play essential roles in our lives. And, most significantly, you’ve got realized that you’ve what it takes to not solely survive, however thrive despite all of it.
I’m excited for you and what your era will deliver to our future. You’re shiny, articulate, and know collaborate to unravel issues. You’ll change the world for the higher, of that I’m sure. Congratulations in your commencement and now exit into your world and depart your mark!
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