The challenge of graduating during the Covid-19 pandemic is daunting, but, like all such hurdles, it might just prove to be a blessing in disguise. Graduation speeches are generally known as “commencement,” reflecting that they happen at the beginning of the rest of your life, not the ending of your education. Life can be challenging for any of us. Finding a silver lining as you commence the rest of your life under this viral lockdown is a worthy quest. In many ways, this Covid-19 pandemic might provide the most valuable experience of your entire education – a resilience to hardships, and an optimism that can counter whatever the world throws at you in the future. Adversity and uncertainty can offer opportunities to fulfill your potential in surprising ways.
Dr. Eben Alexander offers this commencement address to the class of 2020!