The world is in a state of conflict towards an enemy unseen. The coronavirus pandemic has blown our definition of “regular” to smithereens. We’re below keep at house orders to guard ourselves, our family members, and our whole island neighborhood. Now we have realized to speak and collect nearly, irrespective of the era to which we belong.
In each state and in different nations, a whole bunch of 1000’s of indignant residents are protesting injustice and demanding the top to racism and inequality. Cities are burning throughout the American panorama. On our personal island of Guam, 1000’s of miles from the “scene of the crime,” our residents additionally cry out for justice and fairness. The message of “sufficient is sufficient” is ringing out loud and clear.
Our completely sudden “new regular,” our present anxiety-ridden actuality has crashed in your parade. You may have labored so onerous and diligently to achieve this milestone – this auspicious ceremony of passage – into maturity and past. You may have dreamt of the pomp and circumstance of marching down a superbly embellished aisle in cap and robe with classmates you could have journeyed with – desirous to obtain your diplomas and switch your tassels to mark your nice accomplishments. You may have imagined the cheers and shouts of pleasure coming out of your mother and father, siblings, family, and buddies as you traipsed throughout the stage to obtain your long-awaited diploma. To not point out the flowers, balloons and leis of cash that adopted.
Then, in a number of brief months, the dream turns right into a watered-down model of commencement staged in parking heaps, on zoom, or different undramatic substitutes for a ceremony that has been stolen from you due to the COVID-19 disaster. You possibly can’t also have a first rate get together!
Don’t be mad. Don’t despair. Whereas the ceremonies and celebrations are essential ways in which generations earlier than you could have marked the transition into faculty or profession, our island neighborhood celebrates your achievement throughout the confines of our houses. We laud you, encourage you to proceed your research and most particularly to unleash your God-given potential in service to our neighborhood, the area, and the world.
What does that imply?, you could be questioning. It means turning into a champion of justice and fairness whether or not on campus as you pursue additional research or within the office when you begin your careers. It means taking private accountability in your actions. It means honoring the dignity of different human beings irrespective of how completely different they might be from you. It means listening to the recommendation of those that care. It means being aware in your choices and the way you spend your time. It means exhibiting gratitude to your loved ones, buddies, academics, and others who’ve supported you in your journey so far. It means being a part of the answer and never a part of the issue.
The opposite day, a GCC colleague of ours who teaches within the LMP program at Simon Sanchez Excessive Faculty shared suggestions he had obtained from graduating seniors. The scholars have been requested to jot down about the perfect speaker that they had within the three years they participated in this system. A lot to our pleasure, he advised us that 90% of the scholars recognized Samuel as their favourite speaker. Clearly, these college students took his recommendation to coronary heart. Listed below are a number of of their reflections:
“I cried when he advised us that “GOD DOES NOT MAKE TRASH.”
“He made me and my classmates really feel that we’re not alone. All of us face battles that individuals could or could not know.”
“He spoke from the guts and drew from his personal private experiences. He mentioned, don’t repair what God made excellent.”
“Dr. Betances taught me the essential of studying level-two vocabulary phrases as it will assist us turn into extra clever.”
“He has a means that will get to us not simply by his previous experiences. I look to him as an individual who will assist not solely college students however everybody. “
In the end, pricey graduates, unleashing your potential means taking inventory of what you could have realized and placing it into motion. Regardless of the unsettling panorama through which you should now go forth, don’t be afraid. Muster your values and cultural traditions as your fortification for the times forward. God Bless You. Congratulations!
— to www.postguam.com