I can’t believe that after being so many years into my retirement. And after participating in so many graduations. I still can’t help not crying (even when the ceremony is virtual) during the high school graduation ceremony. I guess I think back to how every past graduate I’ve known and the present 2020 graduating class, all represent a unique story-journey and victorious triumph. Especially for those young folks who faced many obstacles and challenges; and also those whose ‘lives-did-not-matter’ as our society designated them at birth as disqualified from receiving the “American dream” inheritance.
The pandemic sought to make the graduating class of 2020 sad. But I believe that there is another, more powerful, and good transcendent plan in motion. I think that the 2020 high school graduation distinction will be worn like a medal of honor, and over time it will make these young people powerful advocates and activators for bringing goodness and kindness into the world! That’s my hope and prayer for them and our world.