There has been a lot on my mind through lockdown. I feel very fortunate. I can be in a house with my mother and father. I have the luxury of working from home. Sure, a bunch of the concerts that I had tickets to are cancelled, but other than that my life has not been impacted all that much. I'm one of the lucky ones.

The ones I do feel bad for are the Class of 2020. Be it high school or college, they are being cheated out of a wonderful milestone. I remember my high school graduation so vividly. It was a hot, muggy night and after the ceremony my friends and I gathered at my house. We danced in the rain in the middle of the street and it was a beautiful memory. My college graduation was very similar. I remember thinking this is a memory that I will cherish forever. A memory that I will be able to share with future generations.

To the Class of 2020 my thoughts are with you. Do not let the pandemic and life being put on hold take away from your great accomplishments. You may think that you don't have a story to share about graduation, but you have a better story than me. All that I remember is that the ceremony was long and boring, it was about 90 degrees, and I danced in the rain with my friends after. You may think that this graduation year is forgotten, but, on the contrary, the Class of 2020 will never be forgotten.

The Class of 2020 will be in history books for children to study. The Class of 2020 is many things. Strong. Brave. Resilient. Forgotten is not and never will be one of those things. Cherish the memories you had. Look forward to the celebrations ahead once things return to a sense of normalcy and wherever you go with your future know that even though you may not have a graduation ceremony you and your efforts will never ever be forgotten.

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