You persevered under the 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 a symbol of your dedication, hard
work and passion. I urge you to display it proudly,
wherever life takes you. When you look at it, recall the
sacrifices you made, the obstacles you overcame, and, most
importantly, think fondly of the friends and mentors you
met along the way.
I hope you also think about the entire Fairmont State
University community – not only the people here at the
University, but also the vast network of alumni who impact
their communities in West Virginia, across the nation, and
around the world. This diploma is a reminder that you
are, now and forever, part of this larger family. And, like
all families, we hope you let us know about your successes
and that you lean on us when you need guidance.
Soar, Falcon, and know that your wings will always be
lifted by winds of support from me and the rest of your
I wish you good luck, clear skies, and a steady breeze.