Postpone graduation, not virtual

Postpone graduation, not virtual

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Monet Wilds started this petition to Governor Kate Brown and

The class of 2020 has long awaited this day, a day to be revered and to celebrate all that we’ve academically accomplished with our friends and family and most importantly the school staff that got us to where we are today. This is our birthright, the culmination of nearly 13 years of hard, dedicated work to ensure a greater future not only for ourselves but for the world, that we could make a lasting impact on everyone and everything we interact with. This day marks the beginning of the rest of our lives in the real world. It’s the last day we have to say goodbye to our childhood, to humbly thank every mentor, teacher, counselor, and administrator that encouraged us, to fervidly embrace our friends that are still working hard in school awaiting their day but are still exhilarated to be with us on ours. Graduation is so much more than a ten foot walk, a handshake, and a diploma, it’s over a decade of memories, growth, and self discovery to be immortalized in our hearts as one of the biggest achievements in our lives. 

Unfortunately, as we all know, CoVid-19 has struck globally, making it unsafe for gatherings of any kind to take place for months. The class of 2020 knows this and we truly lament all of the loss, suffering, and detriment that is virus has brought to the world. Some of us are in the thick of it too, having lost loved ones or even contracted the virus. Some of us can only stay at home and mourn this plague with our fellow man, doing our best to keep everyone safe by staying inside and keeping ourselves and our environments clean and sanitary. But one hard reality that we’ve all had to face was the derailment of our special day that we’ve waited so long and dreamt so hard for.

As impossible as this situation is, our ever diligent school faculty have been doing their absolute best to supplement all of our losses, including this monumental event. Our gratitude goes without saying as we watch people we’ve looked up to for years scramble to give us their best. And we are, truly, grateful. However, we ask one thing of you beautifully earnest adults: as we hold our breath together waiting for safety to return, remember how extraordinary your graduation was. Reminisce on the grandeur of your day when you got to collect your diploma and be honored amidst your closest friends and family. And when you’ve done that, remember us. We want that too. We want to see everyone staring back at us with pride. We want to celebrate with you, the people that propelled us from day one to this point, we want to hug you and thank you and take pictures with you. We want to remember our day as you remember yours: fondly. We’ve all lost so much during this pandemic, let us have this. For the safety of everyone we know and love, as well as those we don’t who are at risk with this virus, we ask that you postpone our graduation when we can do it right, together. We implore you to look past efficiency and sufficiency to rectitude and integrity. We are willing to wait to do it right. Be willing to wait with us.

And to all the friends and family who are standing with us through this time of sorrow, fight with us too. Fight for the smile you’ll see when we get the day that wraps our years of devotion up beautifully. Fight for the tears of joy you’ll shed when you see your baby (or babies!) get their moment to shine. Fight for the redness of embarrassment you’ll get to witness after you yell your loved one’s name from the bleachers as they receive their diploma. Fight for us. Fight with us. We need you. 

  - Monet Wilds, senior at Hillsboro High School, class of 2020

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