Congratulations, Class of 2020!

To the Class of 2020,

Congratulations on this momentous occasion!

All of the achievements throughout your academic career are coming to a head. You have proven through hard work and determination that, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish any goal you set for yourself.

And that’s not to be taken lightly — especially given the unprecedented situation unfolding before us today.

Your family, friends and community are proud of you for your accomplishments — and we look at you with hope for what we know you can achieve for future generations.

You’ve overcome academic challenges, social stresses and any number of other obstacles and pressures. You have prioritized your responsibilities and developed new skills, while also having fun and creating memories that will last a lifetime. These are the things you will take with you as you enter or re-enter the workforce. 

Above all else, though, is the fact that you have invested in yourself. You took that extra step. You had a vision and you stepped toward it. Now is the time to capitalize on your investment.

In the face of this new reality, I encourage you to use the lessons you’ve learned and the skills you’ve acquired to adapt and to find the stepping stones to your career goals. 

COVID-19 may have altered our ability to celebrate and function the way we would have liked, but let’s refuse to let it stifle dreams.  It is but one of many challenges before us that will require your generation’s innovative spirit and tenacity to overcome.

So today, I ask you to continue to work hard, to be bold, and to keep on learning.  And always remember, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish any goal you set for yourself. In the process, you will help make this world the kind of place you want to live in.

Congratulations, Class of 2020, and best wishes!

Joe Waltz

Candidate for PA 76TH Legislative District