Saturday, April 20, 2024

2020/2024 Graduates

 Graduation 2024

Creator: Nosyrevy Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

    This spring marks a milestone for many graduating seniors.  However, for the high school graduation class of 2020 that is now graduating from college, this year will bring to close what the Covid Pandemic took from them.  

    If we look back to 2020, the high school graduates didn't get a senior prom.  They didn't get a senior trip.  They didn't have their senior breakfast.  They didn't have a rehearsal.  They didn't get a senior clap out.  And for many, and maybe one of the most important losses for not only the seniors of that year, but also their families too, they didn't get to walk in their high school graduation ceremony.

    Many schools tried so hard to make up for the lack.  They tried virtual events and drive up diploma pick ups that they called graduations.  But let's be honest, it was so far from a ceremony and event, as you can possible get, and still call it a graduation.  It wasn't the same for the graduates. It sure as heck wasn't the same for their families who had been a part of their school journey and had also been looking forward with excitement for the conclusion of that stage of their child's life.  

    Many went off to college and I would bet most felt like sometime was missing, as they didn't get that closure. In my opinion, not having that closure changed many of these young adults. The world as they new it, and felt comfortable in, was no longer safe and no longer known.  Everything was suspect.  Everyone could be dangerous.  They began their adult life, in an unknown world filled with fear and confusion as what the future would hold.     

    Here we are, and 2024 has arrived and with it the chance to finish what they started and attend their graduation, a first for many, with their family and friends there to cheer them on.  These young adults lost so much in 2020.  Their worlds and life came crashing down right as they were about to take off and fly into adulthood with hope for a bright future.

    So to the college graduates of 2024, who are also the high school graduating class of 2020, I am so proud of you all. For your strength.  For your perseverance. And for your ability to pivot and push forward regardless of the obstacles you faced.  You have come a long way, but you made it.  Congratulations to you all, wherever you are.  You made it!  

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