With the trial of Derek Chauvin over, and the verdict in, I am hopeful that the result will help our nation–and our little corner of it here at Worcester State–move forward in a spirit of healing. And yet I recognize that, while justice for George Floyd has prevailed in this case, this verdict alone cannot heal the deep and persistent wound of systemic racism.
As our graduating students near commencement, I am reminded that they especially have a role to play in moving us forward as they mark this milestone. These past four years have been filled with social unrest and political turmoil–yet such times can lead to great progress. This past year, we have all persevered through a pandemic that turned the entire world upside down. Lessons learned go well beyond classroom instruction for this group.
And we are all members of the Worcester State community, where civic engagement and diversity and inclusion are core values. It is my hope that those of us steeped in those values will work to improve our university, our workplaces, our communities, and the world, and look to serve others wherever we can.
President Barry M. Maloney
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