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Congratulations Environmental Studies Class of 2020!

Our department has put together three things in hopes that you can use to celebrate your accomplishments and memories throughout your time as an Environmental Studies student. We understand that this does not come close to replacing the in-person celebration that would have properly commemorated and recognized your achievements these past years and the years before that brought you here today. 
 
Graduating is one of the biggest achievements under any circumstance. All of you have probably faced many individual challenges to get to where you are today. We know for a fact that so many of you worked several jobs, had difficult roommates, took care of family members, and had so many other obstacles in your way. On top of that, you also had to face the increasing reality of climate change and our rapid changes in the state of our earth. And then...our whole world flipped upside down with a global pandemic, keeping you away from your friends, learning remotely, and adjusting to difficult environments. 
 
If the coronavirus has taught us anything, it's the important role that science plays in developing solutions. There definitely is a trade-off (both positive and negative) when it comes to this pandemic's impact on the Earth's environment. As a result, the pandemic has caused many to rethink how we live our lives and where our values really lie. That is why you, an Environmental Studies graduate, advocate, and scholar, are so important. As we continue to fight the oppressors, evils, and deniers of climate change and the importance of our beautiful earth, our department will never forget this resilient, strong, and powerful class of 2020. And most importantly, it gives us all a lot of hope and light into the world ahead of us. 
 
Below are the three things we hope you can use to celebrate with: 
 
1. VidHug: None of us were able to say a proper good bye. Our ENVS staff, faculty, and lecturers have put together a video to share our good byes, messages, and big virtual hugs. This might not be enough, so we encourage you to reach out and keep in touch. We would all love to hear from you. You're always a part of our community.
2. Brochure: Our internship office has put together a brochure that includes all of our candidates for degrees as of June 8th, 2020 (those who applied to graduate by June 8th, 2020). We hope it can be something you can all keep somewhere and remember all that it took to have your name listed on this brochure today. 
3. Zine: Lastly, with the help of our many students in our graduating class of 2020, lecturers, staff, and faculty, we created a zine(-ish). We that you can look at this zine so that you can relate to, hear about, or look back on all that you or your classmates accomplished throughout their time as an ENVS student. 
 
Thank you so much for your dedication, perseverance, and empowerment. Congratulations again to each and every one of you. Best of luck on your future endeavors. 

**Special thank you to those that have helped made this possible: Nena Terrazas, Kathy Cardoza, Alyssa Najera, Spring Kerste, Justin Xie, Olivia Sullivan Brown, Greg Gilbert, Jimmy Gaffney, Chris Krohn, Janene Avedisian, Amy Kaskowitz Profitt, ENVS faculty, ENVS Internship staff, and ENVS lecturers**