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Virginia Honors the Class of 2020
To the Class of 2020, know that you are a special class. Not because of the pandemic that has changed the world, but in spite of it. You are digital natives, truth-seekers, and influencers. You are inclusive and passionate. You are part of a generation that speaks up in an effort to solve conflicts and improve the world – together.
Educators talk a lot about college- and career-readiness. Each graduate this year will be life-ready; not only because you have met the academic rigors of the classroom, but because of your experiences and ability to overcome unprecedented obstacles.
As you finish this chapter and approach the next of your life, know that you already have everything you need – it was inside you all along. You are a class that has overcome and will be successful because of your search for truth, your passion for advocacy, and by the sheer force of your grit.
Congratulations to all students in the Class of 2020! We can't wait to see what you’re going to do and how you’re going to change the world.
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Graduate Together: America Honors the Class of 2020
As coronavirus has prompted the cancellation of high school graduation ceremonies across the country, partners like the Lebron James Family Foundation, XQ Super Schools, the Council of Chief State School Officers and forUmer President Obama all came together on Saturday, May 16 to pay tribute to millions of high school seniors, their extraordinary teachers, and their families, as rally everyone around a message of hope and unity. The national broadcast also featured Richmond's own and 2019 National Teacher of the Year, Rodney Robinson, as part of the all-star line up!
Visit Graduate Together: America Honors the Class of 2020 to watch the broadcast.
Virginia Graduates Together
On Friday, May 29, Virginia Graduates Together premiered on Virginia PBS stations and Facebook LIVE to honor the resilient graduates across the state with Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam, in partnership with Virginia Public Media.
Prominent Virginians appearing in the program included former Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, University of Virginia’s men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett, Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox, Denver Nuggets guard Troy Daniels, NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris, United States Senator Tim Kaine, Los Angeles Rams linebacker Micah Kiser, musician Dave Matthews, comedian Jay Pharoah, Virginia Beach Councilman Aaron Rouse, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, New York Liberty forward Megan Walker, United States Senator Mark Warner, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, actress Constance Wu, and World Series Champion Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. The keynote speech was delivered by United States Women’s National Soccer champion Angela Hucles Mangano, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a native of Virginia Beach, and a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Continue to tag your posts with the hashtag #GraduateTogetherVA to show your support and help celebrate the class of 2020.
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