As we approach this year’s online commencement ceremonies, the Class of 2020 is preparing to celebrate in unprecedented ways. Among this year’s graduates are exceptional students who have already put their knowledge into practice through comedy screenwriting, health care, theatre and legal advocacy.
As you undoubtedly know, the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis last week has set off days of protests across the United States. Unfortunately, the justifiable outrage felt by so many at the death of another unarmed black man, has been overshadowed by acts of violence and destruction. Over the weekend, the disorder in Chicago resulted in damage to property in the Loop, including three DePaul buildings.
In the past few weeks, we have witnessed the jarring violence of racism in images in the news and social media. These events cause grief, sadness, anger and frustration at our inability to conquer racism and protect our loved ones and our communities. In our grief, let us pledge to work for change, to seek reform and to hold each other accountable for taking a stand against injustice. Let us work to become instruments of peace.
Graduating students are invited to share a short note or a selfie with a thank you sign with the faculty, staff or peers who had an impact on your time on campus.
In the coming weeks, DePaul will host a number of virtual graduation celebrations for the university's identity-specific cultural groups. All students, their families and allies are welcome to RSVP and attend.