Congratulations Class of 2020!
President Johnson would like to congratulate you on your graduation and the perseverance you've shown to finish your degree during these unprecedented times.
Your dedication to your studies and to the University community is an inspiration, and we look forward to celebrating with you in person in the winter or next spring.
Congratulations from your student government leaders
GSA President Tamara Guinn and ASUN President Anthony Martinez took some time to write letters to our 2020 graduates.
Congratulations class of 2020!
Now is a time to celebrate and commemorate your extraordinary achievement. Many of us are told when we begin our journey into college and higher education that it will not be easy. It will challenge you in ways you never imagined possible and along your journey, you will not just learn to become a subject matter expert in a chosen field, but you will learn a great deal about yourself. The path to a college degree is filled with barriers and obstacles that not only challenge us intellectually, but they challenge our perseverance and our determination in nearly every possible way. Graduation represents the end of this arduous journey. Your individual persistence and dedication to earning your college degree has been recognized and rewarded. While we are unable to celebrate together in a traditional commencement ceremony, please remember to take pause and celebrate this momentous accomplishment with friends and loved ones. Whether this graduation represents the end of your college education and you are entering the workforce, or you will be continuing your journey in higher education, take time to celebrate and perhaps reflect on your journey thus far. Hopefully you will look back on your time at UNR with great pride and a sense of accomplishment remembering that although you have graduated, UNR remains your alma mater and as alumni, you are always part of the Pack! Congratulations again class of 2020!
It’s 2020, the perfect vision! At least it was supposed to be. We can see clearly that this generation is graduating into a pandemic and some financially difficult times. What is even worse than unemployment? They closed all our favorite gathering spots so we can’t celebrate! How could they?!
All jokes aside, I know we have taken this time to come together and protect one another, as a pack would.
During your time here, you gained intelligence, culture, memories, and community – all of which will serve you well as you become a catalyst for the betterment of this world during this challenging time.
Today is a celebration of the greatest accomplishment to come, such as: attaining a college degree. Needless to say, you should be very proud of yourself regardless of the cards we have been dealt as a class.
However, it is essential to acknowledge that none of us are ‘self-made’. This accomplishment was made possible by either family, friends, professors, and faculty that championed us. In helping us create ourselves to be the change-makers in the near future. The fact is, the world needs us more now than ever like an underdog. People expect us to fail during this time, but we will prevail in creating a joint vision for 2020 for the success of all. Being there for the broken and bold and still smiling in these grim times. Looking forward to the brighter future.
Class of 2020, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your efforts to serve our pack and make a difference at the University of Nevada, Reno. I know that this time might disheartening or even scary for some of our Wolf Pack community, but you are never alone. I leave you with the quote that I think many of you might resonate with during this time of struggle and the unknown. “Throw me to the wolves, and I will return leading the pack.” Congratulations class of 2020, and I cannot wait to see how you will better this world.
Anthony Martinez, 2019-2020 ASUN President