Updated: May 17
Our Beloved Graduates,
As we sit and reflect on your journey from your First Year at Wake Forest to now, we are simply awestruck by the sheer magnitude of what you have endured and accomplished. Globally and locally, the past four years have been shaped by change and challenge. It is not lost on us that you all have experienced college in a period in which questions of identity and belonging have been furiously debated, often emphasizing the worst truths of our society- that we have not overcome our greatest challenges of inequity and injustice, and that we are in fact quite far from doing so.
As students of color and underrepresented communities in higher education, we know that the state of the world and college campuses has often thrown you into the spotlight or singled you out in ways that make your experiences feel like a case study rather than real life, something to be studied rather than someone who should just be studying. At Wake Forest in particular, the Class of 2020 has often been on the front lines of difficult but necessary advocacy for equity and inclusion on our campus- such advocacy can be just as exhausting as it is gratifying, and we want to acknowledge the tireless work you all have done to make Wake Forest a better place.
What is beautiful, though, is that through the challenges you all have faced as a class you have each grown into incredible leaders, team members, problem solvers, and friends. We have watched you care for one another in moments of stress and tragedy, we have seen you laugh with one another as community is built and strengthened, and we are now witnessing you prepare to go out into the world in this unprecedented time with bravery and confidence. You are so loved, so appreciated, and so celebrated.
The year 2020 already is and will continue to be a memorable one. For us in the Intercultural Center, we will remember it because of all of you. We will remember your lively discussions and debates, we will remember your smiling faces even amidst academic and social stress, and we will certainly remember the impact you have had on Wake Forest. It will be impossible to forget.
We love you all dearly, and we will always be a place to which you can return and rest, but we most certainly look forward to watching you as you soar to new places and heights. You are beyond ready.
The Intercultural Center