There’s a certain finality that comes when a chapter ends so abruptly. We tend to rush through our college years, never batting an eye as we finally enjoy the thrill and independence of our youth. These are the most exciting years of our lives, adventures that spring from nothing or just the sheer hilarity that ensues when a group of friends embark together on the weirdest of hijinks.
Senior year is the swan song of our childhood before we succumb to the realities of adulthood, or maybe that is the illusion we have built for ourselves. The idea is that the fun ends when we search for full-time jobs, pay our taxes and start creating new families to repeat the cycle once more.
Our time here at Texas A&M may have been cut short for Class of 2020 seniors, but the memories we have made cannot be erased in our hearts. These past few months have certainly proved that the only predictable thing about life is its unpredictability, but that is what gives life meaning. The ability to strive, to press onward despite the stormy seas around us, has never stopped us before. The Aggie Spirit lives on wherever the wind takes us.
Some of us may not have memories of Ring Day or be able to find closure in our last days in these hallowed halls and sidewalks, but we are not alone. All across the country, and even the world, students understand what we are all going through.
For now though, I wish to extend all my love and thanks to all of my friends who will not be returning to Texas A&M this fall. To you seniors, thank you for your friendship, your guidance and for the laughs we have shared along the way. The adventures, the memories, being able to suffer alongside y’all made my college life that much more bearable. I will miss hanging out with so many in Zachry, meeting up in Starbucks and going to Northgate. I wish you luck wherever this crazy world sends you, and I say this to all my fellow Aggies:
Stay strong Ags. Aggies have fought in wars before; we know what it takes to fight, whether it be in battlefields or every day throughout our quarantine, but now we have to commit in the effort to ensure the safety and future of the Aggies that will come after us and the world.
Although the coronavirus pandemic prohibits us from holding traditional commencement ceremonies in May, the Texas A&M University College of Engineering applauds you for your commitment to your studies and would like to publicly acknowledge your accomplishment through departmental Graduation Recognition Celebrations, in a way that can be viewed and shared with you, your family and friends.