Presidential Address

Good morning. I'm Robert Moore, and I have the honor of serving as Colorado College's acting co-president alongside Mike Edmonds. On behalf of our dedicated faculty, staff, and trustees, I welcome each of you to the commencement ceremony for the class of 2020. I want to begin by honoring the land we stand on, which is home to the Ute First Peoples of Colorado. We sit and stand at the base of Pikes Peak, which the Ute named Tava, or Sun Mountain. As we gather to celebrate today, we honor First Peoples here and everywhere.

Class of 2020, you did it. You came back. We haven't seen you since you left for spring break almost 15 months ago, and now you are here together in a community you created by returning to your college graduation. I want to acknowledge that the past year was a very hard year for each of you, filled with many challenges. There was the undeniable loss you experienced by not being in-person for the final two blocks of your senior year, and by not having the opportunity to say goodbye to your friends and faculty who helped shape your college years. I also want to acknowledge all that you have accomplished. You came to Colorado College and expanded your minds through a dynamic liberal arts curriculum. You brought meaning to your studies through co-curricular engagements, leadership positions, athletic endeavors, and internships. You created deep and lasting relationships with your professors, mentors, and peers, who became lifelong friends.

So today we celebrate your entire CC experience, the years you spent living and learning as a part of this community. Class of 2020, welcome to the 146th commencement of Colorado College. Welcome to your commencement. Welcome to your family and friends who have come from all over to commemorate and celebrate this important milestone in the lives of each of you. These graduates would not be here, families, were it not for your ongoing commitment and support. We thank you. Welcome and congratulations to our commencement speaker, Dr. Richard Lariviere, and our honorary degree recipients. Welcome to our board of trustees, to our faculty and staff, who've joined us to honor these graduates.

Members of the class of 2020, do you remember the phrase you selected as your class motto? Hindsight is 2020. I couldn't agree more, and I appreciate your sense of humor, which shows in the selection of your class motto. Yes, hindsight is 2020. It's easy to look back and imagine the things we might have done differently if given the chance, if we knew then what we know now. But as much as we look back, we must also look forward. I encourage you to continue learning from your past and from others, so that together we can create a stronger shared future. Congratulations and welcome back, class of 2020.

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