Education is the cornerstone to achieving the dreams and goals we have for ourselves. Congratulations to the graduates across the nation for completing their studies at all levels, and especially to the graduates of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs for completing their degrees.
This year marked only the second time that I have not been physically present for a VCU Wilder School graduation ceremony, the first was due to Wilder School business travel to Nigeria. I was pleased to deliver the keynote address for the virtual commencement exercise; my brief remarks to the graduates can be accessed here.
Knowing the uncertainty facing the graduates today, I know from experience, they will overcome. My graduating class from VUU, in the early 50’s, also faced our share of challenges and adversity.
We must double down in addressing the inequities in our communities and across the nation, that have persisted throughout our history. We must demand leadership and representation for all of the people from those so charged with those responsibilities.
We must demand what is right, criticize what is wrong to ensure a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. I am confident that the 2020 graduates will fully participate in the polity.