While this may not be the graduation and celebration you looked forward to, it will surely be one that you will never forget.
You thrived. Through adversity and uncertainty, you made it!
Whether you’re a new or longtime 4‑H alum, I have a feeling you made it this far with help from one of the first things you learned as a 4‑H’er: The 4‑H Pledge.
Today, I celebrate you and the 4 H’s—Head, Heart, Hands, Health—that guided you throughout your journey.
You knew where you wanted to go and what it took to get there. By pledging your head to clearer thinking, you have built your path to a future of which you will be proud.
Over the past few years, you have pledged your heart to greater loyalty for your passion and craft, while overcoming obstacles and learning a few life lessons along the way. That devotion will serve you well, no matter what the future brings.
In the wake of COVID-19, what I’ve learned is we are in this together. As you navigate the world ahead, I encourage you to lead with a service mindset. Your pledge to larger service will guide you to make the world a better place.
No matter how difficult the journey, how far you’ve come is a clear indication that your pledge to better living—mentally and physically—helped you win.
The 4 H’s were the foundation of what you learned early on—perhaps many years ago—in your 4-H Club. And I hope that you continue to allow your head, heart, hands, and health guide you through a path that leads you to fulfill your purpose in your community, country and world.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!