This year many of you have lost a moment you have spent years fighting for. Your graduation was a rite of passage, a ceremony in which those who saw you sacrifice, toil and triumph could witness and share. The coronavirus epidemic and resulting closures robbed you and your loved ones of this opportunity, but it couldn’t rob you of this….
Your mark in this world.
You have succeeded honorably despite multiple obstacles and reached your goal during a time when life was very uncertain.
Those of Generation Y and Z have witnessed some of the most tumultuous times, and this pandemic adds to the rocky start to many of your careers.
We older individuals might have had difficult paths as well but we had a much clearer picture of our future, of that finish line which helped guide our path.
You all had to, in the fog, reach this point and the fact that you chose to keep fighting and working at it defines the new generation of Americans.
Our future may seem uncertain during this time of pandemic and economic hardship, but one thing that is certain is you all give us hope.
Our country will be rebuilt and thrive because the next generation of hardworking Americans is YOU. You who wouldn’t falter after 9/11 or the Great Recession, or social media invading every part of your life. You defied odds and proved that a job, or money or career did not need to be dangled in front of you to complete your studies and finish your schooling.
You got the job done! And I, who have been through multiple graduations – high school, college, and medical school, am saddened that you can’t be on that stage, applauded for your perseverance, ambition and passion. But realize, no ceremony can begin to describe the pride your friends, families, teachers, mentors and fellow Americans have for you.
You are loved, revered, and honored, and we are so excited and grateful that our future will be driven and strengthened by you and your classmates!
Congratulations Class of 2020!!!
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician