Graduates! You are graduating during extraordinary times. No matter: you have been extraordinary students, and you will go on to become extraordinary lawyers, policy makers, educators, and more. Every day, each one of you will have a chance to make the world a better place, and inspire others to be braver and stronger than they ever thought possible–and that is both mundane and extraordinary, as most of life is. 

This time–this weird, weird time in history–is a part of your story. A weird, extraordinary part–but also, just a part. There will be other parts, too. And each part, just like this weird, extraordinary one, will have lessons to teach about strength and joy and fear and sadness and compassion and loneliness and community. And hope. And achievement. 

Which brings me back to you: Graduates! You are graduating! During extraordinary times. It should not be overshadowed, this achievement: You have done what you set out to do, and you have done it well. I know because I watched you, had the honor of teaching you, and of learning from you, and being inspired by you to be braver and stronger than I ever thought possible. I’ve seen what you can do, and it is amazing. 

Trudy Henson