Hey Class of 2020,
You did it!
You have completed your academic careers despite this global pandemic. You have done amazing things. I commend you, I applaud you, I salute you as you have done amazing things.
Keep in mind these words of wisdom, “you should not be reaching for the sky – especially when we have footprints on the moon. Reach for the stars.” Do things big. Continue to improve upon yourself and everything that you do. And also understand that you are not the future; you are the present. You are today. So continue to take the communities in which we inhabit. Do everything that you can. Keep in mind that you should be keeping up with your mental, physical, emotional, financial wellbeing. Continue to do those things despite graduation.
I love you. I love you. I love you.
You’re bright. You’re intelligent. You’re special.
Continue to do what you’re doing. I salute you, Class of 2020!
Meligha Garfield, BCC Director
I would like to take the time to congratulate you all on your accomplishment of graduating from the University of Utah. I know that we are not celebrating in a conventional way but you should be so proud of everything that you have achieved. This is a stepping stone to a myriad of opportunities and experiences that are awaiting you. You have the power to be the difference and change the world. No matter what you decide to do in life just know that, and I quote, “all of you deserve to know that you are in fact the antidote to anti-Blackness, xenophobia, homophobia, classism, sexism, and the other cancers that you have not caused but surely have the potential to cure.”
You can now say that you have survived a pandemic and an earthquake all in the same month while trying to complete such an amazing accomplishment. Be creative! Be innovative! Your greatest asset right now is you!
Class of 2020, you have all truly shown determination, power, and resilience through your ability to complete your degree. You are truly Royalty! Whether you are completing your bachelor’s, masters or doctoral degrees just know that I am so proud of you!
Congratulations Class of 2020! Enjoy this next chapter of your lives!
It is truly going to be amazing.
JaTara Smith, BCC & AADSI Coordinator
Quote from Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Class of 2020
Are you a member of the Class of 2020? Fill out this form, and we’ll add you to our virtual yearbook!
We’ve also created custom GIF stickers to use on social stories/posts to celebrate your graduation virtually. On any platform that utilizes GIPHY, search the keyword “bccroyalty2020“, post to your feed, and use the hashtag #BCCroyalty2020 to show up on the feed below!