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Congratulations! You are a few finals or papers or revisions away from being an ASU graduate. We realize that while you have been the one responsible for writing papers, taking tests, completing projects, and other assignments, this is often a culmination of the work, hopes, and dreams of your families, friends, and loved ones. Your children or nieces and nephews, your community members, and others look to your accomplishments as inspiration. Those accomplishments are yours. And, they’re ours. We are so very proud of you.
We realize that not having a convocation is hard. For us, the best time of the year is when students walk across the stage, receive their stole, and share the moment with each other and their families. You are, in so many ways, the dreams of your ancestors and a reflection of their sacrifices. You will be an inspiration for your descendants. We’re sorry that we cannot share this moment with you in May 2020.
We are looking forward to December 2020 or May 2021 for you to celebrate with us. We know things would have settled, but we hope you can join us. We will send you the dates as soon as we have them and make arrangements for you to participate in the ceremony.
Some of you have asked about the stoles. We know these are important. At the moment, the person who sews this is on her reservation lands, sheltering in place, and tending to family members. Availability of blankets that create the stoles have been temporarily halted. We will work to have them completed as soon as possible so that we can get them to you. We ask your patience as we do so.
In the meantime, we want to again congratulate you on your amazing accomplishment. While we will not be with you in person, we will be with you and yours in spirit. Our physical distance will not diminish the enormous respect and gratitude we have for you and your families. Well done, Sun Devil; well done!
Laura Gonzales-Macias and Bryan Brayboy
On behalf of the teams in The American Indian Student Support Services and
The Office of American Indian Initiatives