This past year has been fraught with many challenges from online learning, lockdowns, social media overload, and many fewer opportunities to come together.
Challenges come in many forms… and it is simply the reality that we often don’t see them coming, and sometimes we are ready for them, and often we are not.
The test is how we manage them when they are right before us.
As a graduating class, your last year of high school will be forever marked by the challenge of learning differently, sticking with the plan, and looking to the future when it comes to education, employment and relationships.
You have made it this far, and this is worth celebrating for three reasons.
- 1. You have persevered. It’s not easy to adapt during unprecedented and difficult times - but you have. Life doesn’t always work out exactly as we had imagined. You have pivoted, gotten used to new systems, and kept your eye on the prize.
Remember, as one door closes, another opens. There is a way forward. You have been forced to learn in new ways and to persist through many unknowns. Well done!
- You can still dream.While no one quite knows exactly when this pandemic will end, it doesn’t take away your right to dream. While you may not see it right now, you are more powerful than you may realize. Each and every one of you will shape how the rest of this century will turn out. Being innovative, creative and passionate will serve you well. Our world needs these skills!
As individuals, you have a tremendous amount to offer, you deserve a life free of prejudice and fear, and the chance to be your best self – for everyone.
- You got this. As Mayor, I am confident in your abilities and your vision for the future. Whether it’s climate change, leading medical discoveries, new efficient technologies for our homes, cars, and communities, or quite simply a kinder and more compassionate world, I know you have what it takes to make a difference.
Remember, however, what will bring you the most meaning and satisfaction in your lives in the quality of your relationships, as a friend, colleague, partner, sibling, or parent. It is not always easy be kind, to be clear, and to be patient, but it will be your saving grace.
While this has been a most unexpected year, I fully expect that you will take your place in the world - and succeed. We are counting on you!
Congratulations Grads of 2021 and Good Luck! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish next!
Mayor Nancy Peckford