I know you are eager to celebrate with family and friends, and that is a celebration you have certainly earned. Before you gather for that celebration, I wish to take a moment to remind you to reflect on everything you have overcome – not only the rigors of your curriculum, but also a historic, global event.
I want you to reflect on how special you are.
You persevered under most unprecedented circumstances and demonstrated extraordinary adaptability and resolve. And through your strength, you lifted an entire community, and reminded each of us what it means to be a Falcon.
Your diploma is more than a piece of paper. It is the physical representation of your hard work and of your sacrifice, and it is a reminder of friends and mentors you met along the way.
This diploma also represents the entire Fairmont State University community – not only the people here at Fairmont State, but also the vast network of alumni who impact their communities in West Virginia, across the nation, and around the world. I urge you to reach out and connect to this worldwide supportive network – within this family you will always find a helping hand, a listening ear, and welcoming, caring heart.
You are now, and will forever be, a cherished member of the Fairmont State University family.
Soar, Falcon, and know that your wings will always be lifted by winds of support from me and the rest of your Falcon Family.
I wish you good luck, clear skies, and a steady breeze.