I admit that I never, ever could have predicted my first year at Humboldt State would be filled with the positive change, and dynamic world and local events. The last year has included, among other things, multi-day planned power outages and a global pandemic. HSU learned things like how to feed and support thousands with the help of a generator (and a sense of humor), and how to launch a full online academic program in a matter of days.
The very challenging times of the year have mixed seamlessly with the very positive ones. This last month was a clear example. We ended the academic year on a high note, with a virtual graduation celebrating over 2,100 new alumni that was both personal and surprisingly emotional. Then, within weeks, we were in the midst of a distressing, maddening reminder of our national failure to address racism. Our students provide great inspiration.
One student submission, as part of the virtual graduation, continues to resonate with me.
Jesus Cornejo, who earned a degree in Psychology, wrote: "We all have different paths, and we all have different stories to tell, but somehow we all made it this far. Let's honor those who stood here before, let's honor ourselves, and let's honor the ones who are yet to be here. Let's get rid of fear, and let's tear down walls, for we all can make a difference to steer the world in the direction of kindness. ¡Felicidades clase del 2020, la aventura nunca termina!"