Class of 2020

May 22, 2020
Iowan of the Week

Madam Speaker,

In honor of all of this year’s graduates, I am proud to recognize the Class of 2020 across Iowa’s Third Congressional District as our Iowans of the Week. As we near the end of the semester for thousands of students, I ask that you all join me in taking a moment to acknowledge their accomplishments over the course of the year and congratulate them on this achievement as they move forward in their lives and toward their next endeavors.

Unfortunately, many of the traditions and ceremonies our graduates would typically look forward to have been cancelled. The pageantry and tradition of turned tassels, pomp and circumstance, and the bestowing of the degree or the diploma will sadly not come this year. And just as this pandemic has denied graduates these moments, so too has it compounded the daily challenges of life these students have faced.

As distance learning has become the new norm, these students have developed a whole new appreciation for the academic, social, and emotional supports that have helped them along the way. While these unfortunate circumstances have clouded a typically joyous time of year, it has been remarkable to see students rise to the challenge, adapt, and learn with little time to plan. They transitioned to online and distance learning and were able to come out on the other side more resilient as they finish the final days of their final year.  

Iowa’s teachers and students have been innovative and have stepped up to support their local communities, showing just what we are capable of in the face of adversity. Some students are even working around the clock to produce face shields for health care workers, as well as creating masks for friends and family.

The students of the Class of 2020 deserve special recognition this week for their willingness to forego many of the most cherished traditions of their final year in order to help the greater community. These students represent the heart of Iowa’s communities and will be the next generation of leaders who will still be faced with the problems of today later down the road.

I am grateful for every member of the Class of 2020 who has completed a great milestone in their lives to become a better and more educated citizen who will contribute great things to our society we have yet to even think of. So please allow me to express my deep appreciation and thanks to every graduating student in Iowa’s Third Congressional District by honoring them today as Iowans of the Week.