Good morning Class of 2021, family members, honored guests, and President Collado. I am honored and grateful to be speaking to the most resilient group of students I have ever met. As I stand in front of you today, I cannot help but reflect on all that we have been through in the past four years. This class has experienced profound change unique to each of us. We have come together today to recognize our resiliency and appreciate our time at Ithaca College.
There’s so much worth remembering from our journey at Ithaca College. When we stepped on to South Hill as nervous first-year students, nothing could have prepared us for the campus community that would accept us with open arms. We may not have known it at the time, but late-night Terraces Taco Tuesday would bond many of us as friends for life. Come November, we all flooded Butterfield stadium to cheer on the Bombers and experienced our first Cortaca win as a class. Rounding out the year, we quickly fell in love with Breakfast, not the food, but the Llama that gave us the love and comfort we during finals week. As our first year drew to a close, we entered summer break learning to be apart from the friends we were inseparable from. After three months away, returning to campus felt like coming home.