Good afternoon moms and dads, grandparents, siblings, faculty, and graduates. Welcome to the 2020 Elizabeth Lee Black School, Barber National Institute virtual commencement ceremony.
Many of our graduates began as preschool children, but they are leaving here today as adults. They have accomplished a major milestone: high school graduation. This is a major step in the journey of their lives, one that should be recognized for its significance. It’s an act not only of personal commitment, but also pride. They and their families have worked hard to get to this day.
Yes, we are happy, but also sad because we are saying goodbye to the students who we have come to know throughout the years and to you, the parents, with whom we have had the good fortune to work with as part of our team.
The high school diploma that they are receiving is a wonderful tool in this world, one that will open many doors of opportunity for each of them.
My challenge to each of the graduates is to continue to reach your full potential. The future is truly in your hands. Please know that you will always be part of the Barber National Institute family. We are here for you as a resource, today, tomorrow and the years to come.
Best wishes to our graduates and their families! Be sure to tune in tonight, at 6PM, on the Barber National Institute webpage to view our virtual 2020 graduation!