Congratulations to the graduates of 2020. This milestone marks an important transition in each of your lives. Obviously, this year the celebration of this benchmark, like everything else, has been radically altered. I have mixed feelings about this. Some share rightful disappointment about the inability to publicly gather and celebrated this important day. Some feel cheated of the dances, parties, and public recognition often accompanying this milestone. On the other hand there are those who note that this pandemic has taught them lessons they could never learn from teachers or textbooks. That they feel more connected as they are moved by compassion to a deeper solidarity with those facing far greater challenges than loss of parties and ceremonies. They note that this is not simply a time of celebration reserved for themselves, but a maturing perspective recognizing that as others have looked out for them for the past 18 years, they are joining the ranks of those who increasingly look out for others.
Whether this graduation feels more like loss, or more like blessing, may God give you peace and perspective. We thank you for the life, energy, insight and boundless gifts you bring.
Fr. Dave Rogerson