The Great “Reset Generation” – ATD President Addresses Graduates

Soon after the pandemic forced colleges to cancel or reimagine their commencement exercises, ATD college South Central created a virtual experience for graduates and their families and friends that included all of the ceremonial traditions of an in-person…live…event.

All by video, the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Judy Endres, provided the traditional greeting, followed by the processional accompanied the Minnesota Orchestra. The Grand Marshal presented the College Mace, followed by the National Anthem set the tone for President Annette Parker’s address and introductions of college leaders.

Commencement messages were delivered by Minnesota governor Tim Walz and members of the Minnesota state system board of trustees and chancellor.

ATD president and CEO Dr. Karen Stout delivered the keynote address opening with a memory of her first commencement. She was 8 years old, attending her father’s college graduation. She told the graduates that “these are special moments that we are celebrating differently in these uncertain times. These are moments that are timeless in their meaning and significance.”

She said “the Class of 2020 was always destined to be amazing! But now this Class, individuals as a group of graduates, are a chapter in a history book—new graduates prepared to lead forward new and important efforts that will lead to the recovery of your community, your state, and your country. You become part of a generation I will call the “Great Reset” generation.

“Your perseverance, your resilience, your grit – those qualities have always been what makes community colleges students so remarkable. And you did it, because you know just how important this education is—to you, to your loved ones, and to your communities.”

Read Dr. Stout’s speech here.

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