It's a wrap for the 2020-2021 school year and you accomplished some remarkable things with your generous giving to support student success.
This week the graduating Classes of 2021 and 2020 took a well-deserved bow on the virtual stage and celebrated with family and friends - many for the first time in-person.
Nothing could dampen the joy and pride these students and their families felt, especially after the past year. Their accomplishments were exceptional by any measure! I've watched students refuse to quit, or give in to discouragement, despite having to navigate deep uncertainty, and constant change in every part of their lives.
Gianni Castellanos, BAS and Commencement speaker for the Class of 2021, praised his fellow students for, "sacrificing so much time and effort away from the people and things they love the most," all with the hope their degree will mean a better career and future.
"We all will experience problems, difficult challenges, disappointments, setbacks and temporary failure for the rest of our lives, but how you respond to those setbacks will determine your success." - Anyes Kim
Nursing graduate Anyes Kim, speaker for the Class of 2020 spoke for the graduates who endured the height of the pandemic and a canceled Commencement. "We all will experience problems, difficult challenges, disappointments, setbacks and temporary failure for the rest of our lives, but how you respond to those setbacks will determine your success."
Two remarkable students who represent the great resilience of all graduates!
Along the way it was your support that provided valuable scholarships and grants for Gianni and for Anyes and other students through the Foundation.You are a part of their success stories and made possible the added resources when it mattered most.
Behind each one of these grants and scholarships there is a brighter future because you gave the gift of an education.
Carrie Shaw CFRE