St. Edmond sends off the class of 2020
22 Jun 2020
Though the momentous gratification of walking across the stage for St. Edmond Catholic School’s class of 2020 was delayed, graduating seniors finally had their chance to gleam in the sunlight Sunday.
“Today is that ‘one day.’ Today is the day we take a step. Today is the ‘one day’ that some of us have been waiting for,” said student Jed Tracy, delivering the commencement speech.
The Latin origin of graduate is “gradus,” which means to take a step.
For many, it’s a day they didn’t know would happen this year with certainty after COVID-19 put a pause on school operations.
At St. Edmond’s 65th annual commencement, the class of 2020’s 47 graduates were the first class in the school’s history to graduate amidst a global pandemic.
But with an unprecedented start to their adult lives, these graduates may come out stronger than ever.
One-quarter of the graduating class earned their diploma summa cum laude with a GPA of 3.75 of higher. More than half graduated with honors. Virtually every student graduated with at least one scholarship to initiate higher education — many with multiple scholarships.
Tracy admonished the class of 2020 not to “drown” in failures, but to let the failures become a teacher in life.
“Failures are one of life’s greatest gifts,” he said. “You will fail big. You will fail small. It’s part of everyone’s life. Just remember God has a plan for you.”
Citing scripture, Tracy noted Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”