Congratulations Graduates of 2020

By Kellie Hale

Being in a graduating class for 2020 has been a tumultuous time. None of us expected the current events to such a huge impact on our daily routines or scheduled plans (e.g. graduation ceremonies). I am a part of the graduating class of 2020 at Excelsior College where I obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business. I had originally planned to attend the commencement ceremony in Albany, New York to celebrate with my fellow students. Unfortunately, with COVID-19 still not under control, the College had to forgo the face-to-face graduation ceremony for a virtual commencement ceremony.

Like other graduates of 2020, our commencement/graduation ceremonies have been hijacked thanks to COVID-19. Who I really feel upset for are the first time graduates, whether it be high school or college, not being able to dawn their caps and gowns and walk in the ceremony. Getting the chance to partake in the traditions of graduation is a rite of passage for some people.

However, we cannot allow current events such as a pandemic to downplay our achievements. Remember, you did it! You graduated! All of your hard work and stress resulted in you achieving the final outcome: a diploma, a certificate, or a degree. That is something to be proud of and to celebrate.

Despite disruptions now becoming our new normal that does not mean it has to stop us from enjoying our accomplishments and celebrating milestones.
To the Class of 2020, I salute you and may you never stop inspiring to achieve your goals.

Take care of yourselves and continue to dream big.