Hello, my name is Linda Rose. I am the president of Santa Ana College and I have the distinct honor of sharing a few thoughts with you during this most unprecedented time in our modern history. First, congratulations on achieving your goal of graduating from Santa Ana College. Although I will not have the opportunity to look you in the eye, and hand you your diploma, I celebrate your magnificent achievement.
This achievement marks a major milestone along your educational path. In addition to many firsts you may be celebrating, in new ways, you will also have the distinction of belonging to the first graduating class to end your time at SAC during a global health pandemic. This was no easy task, yet you faced the challenge, and persevered to complete the spring semester, your last semester at SAC. I commend you for not giving up on yourself! More importantly, for not giving up on your college! Your choice to complete your last semester, in the face of a global pandemic inspires me every day. I can only imagine the adjustments you had to make to keep moving forward.
While your path ahead may appear unclear, please know that we need your knowledge and your strengths. Some of you may step off your educational path, temporarily, to reassess and perhaps change your direction for the next phase of your journey. Nevertheless, you will continue to learn. Some of you will stay on the college path because you have chosen to attend and complete programs at another college or university to earn your undergraduate, and graduate degrees. Yes, higher education is an excellent option as you expand your worldview and add to your personal toolbox to design and build your future.
We will adapt to the changes in our personal and professional lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. I know you are prepared to face these changes because you have learned to think critically, communicate clearly, and persist to complete the goals you set for yourself! You also have a strong desire to improve your community, and the world. Using your curiosity, enthusiasm, passion, and love for life, you are the leaders in science, education, health care and politics, for tomorrow.
Never doubt that the choices you make will determine the life you create. You have the talent and skills to create your best life, no matter what the world throws your way! I wish you continued success as you navigate your chosen life path. I have faith that your dreams will always be bigger than you are because the world is yours to explore in bold new ways!
Linda D. Rose, Ed. D.