19 May An Open Letter to Our Graduates
by Christy Johnson, Director of Communications
Wow! You guys sure know how to go out with a bang! The 2019-2020 school year is one we will never forget. The stunning finale of this school year is one for the history books. Yet, I think what we will remember most about the class of 2020 is not the quarantine, not the distance, not the on-line learning, BUT the courage, resiliency, and positivity you displayed through every challenge and frustration. It has been truly extraordinary to watch.
In some ways, this year has felt never ending (especially the last two months), yet in other, bigger ways it feels like it just began. It is almost time to say goodbye, and we aren’t ready yet. We wanted to end the year in person with all of the traditions and experiences that you were due. We know it is hard to go through something so big in your life and not have the proper recognition for it. We grieve for the losses of those things not to be. We want selfishly to hang on to your youth, your innocence, your courage, and resiliency because they have been awe-inspiring to everyone who knows you. But of course, time does not work like that and we find ourselves planning a ceremony that will launch you on your way to your next adventure. It is a bittersweet time for all of us, full of excitement for the future and reflections on the past and what will never be again.
We have watched most of you grow up before our eyes. You have gone from needing the support and comfort from others as you faced the school day to being the ones that help to provide support and care to the youngest students in the school. You have gone from looking up to others to being the ones looked up to. You have all had moments of pure brilliance and moments of failure. You have had moments of glory and moments where you wanted to hide. Some of you have stepped up into huge leadership roles and others have found the delight of quietly serving. All of you have had moments of tremendous faithfulness and moments where you have insisted on your own way over God’s way. You have had the unique experience of being the first of many generations to face a pandemic and all the chaos and loss that brings. It is scary to be the first and maybe only to go through such a unique situation. Yet, somehow, all of these moments have blended together into a beautiful journey that we are beyond proud to have witnessed. God has used all of these little and big moments along the way to mold you into the person you are today, ready in all ways to take to the starting blocks of your next adventure.
You are about to embark on what for most of you feels like the biggest adventure of your life! Change is exhilarating, confusing, and scary all at the same time. You, our Class of 2020, know this better than any other class. You have lived through historic change this semester. And, you have done so with jaw dropping brilliance. We know from watching you grow at Covenant that you have many more moments of brilliance ahead of you! God has given all of you amazing gifts and talents! However, we challenge you to make your faith in Christ so much bigger than your moments of brilliance and glory. You are headed into a time of life where you must decide who you are. To stand for what you believe in and know is Truth can feel overwhelming in the face of the enormous pressure to conform. Please remember you do not belong to anyone or anything but Christ. God has named you and called you His own. He named you His Beloved and there is no other name He sees when He looks or thinks of you. He adores you just the way you are, RIGHT NOW! There is nothing you have to do to be more loved or accepted than you are right now. Because of Jesus, you are perfect in His sight and He delights in you. But really, how could He not? You all are so special!
It has been our enormous privilege and honor to have walked with you on your childhood journey. It is with a bittersweet pride that we say well done and goodbye. “Go Now in Peace.”
The Covenant School