Dear 2020 Graduates,
We wish to congratulate you on your academic achievements and persistence through these unprecedented times. The current reality we are facing with COVID-19 and specifically what you, our graduating students, are facing is a situation that has not been encountered in our time.
Graduation and the ensuing celebrations are a special time. This is a time to commemorate not only your accomplishments with the NNDSB but also your hard work, memories, connections, successes and experiences. While we cannot celebrate as we usually would, this in no way minimizes or diminishes the depth and breadth of your accomplishments. We, along with your teachers and school staff, are incredibly proud of you.
Life has caused a real twist in the tale that will cause you never to forget the year you graduated. We will all remember with flashbulb memory how we spent our last few months of this school year. While there are many lessons to be learned from what the world has endured in the story that we have all been swept up in, it is important to remember that you control your own story. As the world begins to open again and you embark upon your next steps in your life journey, trust in the magic of beginnings.
In the words of Martin Luther King Jr, “Everything you need to accomplish your goals is already in you.”
Write your own narrative, be your own story.
We are eager to see what the future brings to you and how you and your fellow graduates will continue to improve the world around us. Take care of yourselves and each other and stay healthy.
Craig Myles Jay Aspin
Director of Education Chair, Board of Trustees