For every college going student, convocation happens to be a dream that the youngsters want to touch upon by course of the passing years. Indeed, the day sets for a new milestone in one’s life after which individuals make their way into bold realities by choosing the right career options. This year also, it wasn’t an exception as the budding minds had their expectations set for the staunch moment who geared up eventually to receive the honourable caps from the country’s delegates.
Hi @BarackObama! Like most high school/college seniors, I’m saddened by the loss of milestone events, prom & graduation. In an unprecedented time, it would give us great comfort to hear your voice. We ask you to consider giving a national commencement speech to the class of 2020.
— Lincoln (@lincolnjackd) April 15, 2020
But alas! That hope couldn’t make its way into the reality as former US President addressed the 2020 batch of degree holders virtually during “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020” all due to the overpowered pandemic.
After conveying his hearty wishes to the students, Barack Obama continued his speech with quick makeshifts as he encouraged the pupils to confront the outbreak led by solidarity rather than breaking apart. With due courtesy, he further called upon a change in the worldly ways as we move towards the future starting from the inception of the COVID-19 where things won’t be the way we thought before. The operating protocols would, however, turn out being difficult rather than smooth as he told, “If you were planning to work while going to school, finding that first job is going to be tougher.” And that needs fast-forwarded advancement in the next generations.
While speaking about the earthly miseries, he spoke about a range of underlying problems within the nations that loom over “massive economic inequality to ongoing racial disparities to a lack of basic health care for people who need it”. Therefore, he advised that the only way to counter such challenges would be through progressive thinking to include every section of the society in the communal functioning irrespective of their status quo.
Afterwards, he admitted a bitter fact that encompasses the whole system saying, “And all those adults that you used to think were in charge and knew what they were doing? Turns out that they don’t have all the answers.”
He explained that everything demands a new approach in the circumventing reality who discarded the traditional approach in the statement that reads, “Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way — which is why things are so screwed up” and elaborated a notch higher professing, “But if you listen to the truth that’s inside yourself, even when it’s hard, even when it’s inconvenient, people will notice.”
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I couldn’t be prouder of this year’s graduating high school seniors––as well as the teachers, coaches, and most of all, parents and family who’ve guided you along the way. Graduating is a big achievement under any circumstances––let alone during a pandemic. And some of you have had to overcome serious obstacles along the way to make it here. What remains true is that your graduation marks your passage into adulthood––the time when you begin to take charge of your own life. So here’s my quick advice: Be fearless. Always do what you think is right. And work to build a community. No one does big things all by themselves. When you need help, Michelle and I have made it the mission of the @ObamaFoundation to give young people like you the skills and support you need to be leaders—and to connect you with other young people around the globe. But you don’t need us to tell you what to do, because in so many ways, you’ve already shown us how it’s done. Congratulations, Class of 2020––keep making us proud.
And lastly, he imparted an earnest gesture admitting, “When you need help, Michelle and I have made it the mission of our foundation to give young people like you the skills and support to lead in your own communities and to connect you with other young leaders around the country and around the globe”, which stays true to his commitment towards the flourishing youths.