And Barnes & Nobel:
Because if ever there were a class of graduates in need of some words of wisdom, hope and encouragement to help soften for them the rough edges of this time they're living through, it's the class of 2020.
And though many words have already been offered to this year's graduates in virtual commencement speeches by people of such great intellect, accomplishment, and good will as
And so, to you, the class of 2020, all you young people to whom my heart goes out, here is my commencement speech:
You, the members of class of 2020, are living in a moment of history. And though no one chooses to live in times such as these, humanity manages to survive them just the same.
Survival is the key, and your goal at the moment is to survive this pandemic so that you can come out on the other side of it and pick up your future from where your life left off when all this began. And remember, you are not alone in this - as we are all the time reminded, we are all in this together. We're all in the same boat.
But the rough seas we're all sailing will calm eventually, if not right away. And though at this moment it seems as though the world has been under quarantine for an immeasurable amount of time, remember that our country has been under lock down for just two months, and that societies have been known to endure and survive turbulent times, times of hardship, wars, plagues and pandemics past, for years. But again, they survive and live to see better, happier times. And so will you.
You are a member of a special generation, a generation that will have lived through a global pandemic, the time of the COVID-19 or Coronavirus Pandemic, as it will go down in history. You will have been part of it, it will be your story. And you will tell your story to the generations that come after you. You'll tell of how things were during the time of the pandemic, how all school was cancelled, how you missed the end of your senior year and your graduation, how you couldn't see your friends because everyone was under lock down and had to stay home. And those who hear your story will be amazed and will look at you with the respect shown to those who've been through times of trial and hardship and are subsequently seen as possessing the special strength and resilience of their generation
But the most important thing now is to stay safe, to stay home, to social distance, to wear your mask out of caring for the well-being of those around you who wear their masks out of caring for your well-being. And to remember, once again, that, though we're all isolated from each other and not a little lonely, in our separation from each other we're all in this together.
Keep your head up. Get through this time, whatever it takes.